'Fearful Symmetry' - Ruairi Glynn
Artist Ruairi Glynn is set to install a dramatic new robotic installation - 'Fearful Symmetry' - in the Tanks at Tate Modern on 21-22 August 2012. Ruairi is known for interactive kinetic works that draw on a rich heritage of cybernetics, puppetry and dance.
A glowing tetrahedron will glide through the air, suspended above peoples heads from a 21-metre motorised rail holding the world’s largest delta robot. As the only light source in the room, the tetrahedron will act as entertainer and guide to the space, dancing with the audience and playfully encouraging them to become an active part of the performance.
"This work is a direct reaction to The Tanks space itself" according to Ruairi. "We will fill the space with the sounds of this living machine, mixed live by our team of sound artists. The movements have been choreographed by master puppeteers with a lifetimes’ experience breathing life into inanimate objects. The entire installation will be constantly creating a different environment from one moment to the next, and is completely reactive to the audience in the space."
Ruairi describes how "the installation engages with a treasure of a youthful mind, the ability to wilfully suspend disbelief, often a faculty lost slowly and imperceptibly with age. Young audiences of my installations care little for the technology that animates the work. So ever-present in their lives, they take it for granted, focusing instead much more on experience. They, in this respect, are my greatest critics. Equally, they are my greatest allies in their wilful suspension of disbelief at the perceptual boundaries between analog and digital, creature and machine, life and death."
The work builds on Ruairi Glyn’s earlier pieces - Motive Colloquies (2011, Pompidou Centre Paris) and Performative Ecologies (2008, National Art Museum Beijing). Both of these examined the way audiences react to differing roboticised dances.
'Fearful Symmetry' is part of the Tate’s Undercurrent programme directed at young audiences through a series of events, installations and interventions by audio, visual and performance artists.
The project is supported by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the Centre for Robotics Research, KCL and Product Design Engineering, Middlesex University.