Autonomous Machines by Echo Yang
"The current popularity of generative design processes in which designers use algorithms to create a variety of different outcomes, instead of focussing on one, definitive result is closely linked to the use of digital design tools. This development has changed our perception of design as the creation of the single author. What could happen when the approach fostered by digital generative designers would be applied to an analogue world? A world in which obsolete machines like hand-powered alarm clocks, walkman and mechanical toys take centre stage?My experiments in this domain of obsolete machines reveal their internal algorithms. Instead of creating these algorithms, I simply adopt and then visualize them.”
Troika: Black Dust #1-5, 2013
Soot on Somerset paper
76 x 56 cm
In the ‘Black Dust’ series the dense black particles deposited on the paper trace the pattern of the air flow in gradations from dark to light. Soot particles generated from cheap paraffin candles are passed over objects that have been placed on white paper.The layering of the surface is three-dimensional in its density, but can be carried away on your breath.Following their series of drawings with electric discharge, ‘Black Dust’ reveals the natural patterns of soot combustion and convection to produce a definitive mark. The results are reminiscent of primordial states of matter, the dense black and white evoking quantum states of energy.With these works, in a time where everything is in constant flux, where computers allow us to retrace and erase our steps, there is no possibility of erasing, thus the necessity of considering if another step should be taken.'Black Dust' was premiered at OMR as one of 5 new works shown in Troika’s solo exhibtion ‘The far side of reason’ in April 2013.
Traditional Korean Minhwa (folk painting) illustrations by Seongmin Ahn
Seongmin Ahn received B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Asian traditional painting from Seoul National University in Seoul Korea and then received the second M.F.A from Maryland Institute College of Art. With practical experience and deep understand of tradition, her work takes Asian traditional painting as starting point and transform it into something experimental with her own interpretation bridging tradition and modern, and East and West.
She teaches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Korean Cultural Service in New York, Creative Center for Women with Cancer and University Settlement specialized in Asian traditional painting.