4th March 2013, 9:11am
Creative minds make Kinetica return
Interactive Design students with programme leader Clive McCarthy Some of the UK’s finest creative talent showcased their work at this year’s Kinetica Art Fair, with students from the University of Lincoln exhibiting for the second consecutive year.

Following a successful debut appearance in 2012, representatives from the BA (Hons) Interactive Design programme returned as one of only four university demonstrations at the international digital art fair, and as the only exhibition to display pioneering creations from undergraduate students.

Highlights of their work included Body Resistance; a collection of three installations from final year students Savi Dobson and Joshua Parry. The creative partnership produced the trio of works to reflect the pertinent theme of “Infection”, explored in both a scientific and aesthetic sense using creative visual responses. Body Resistance explores the infectious nature of an object, and utilises sensory triggers to imitate the familiar effects of everyday actions such as coughing, sneezing and scratching, through artistic displays of sound, movement and light.

Joshua Parry explained: “We were keen to create a thought-provoking display, and we achieved this with Body Resistance through the creation of different digital diseases. We employed Arduino sensor kits to essentially emulate signs of human infection, and we have been able to recreate fascinating effects using a variety of interactive techniques.”

Savi Dobson said: “We really enjoyed showcasing our work at Kinetica this year. It was a fantastic way to celebrate three years’ of hard work, and a great opportunity to gain experience of exciting new interactive techniques.”

Contact, another display by third year student Matt Whetherly, also focused on the viral element of the theme. His interdisciplinary project revolves around illuminated spheres, which infect their neighbouring objects with light as they touch, and it was amongst those displayed in an online computerised exhibition by the University.

Clive McCarthy, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Interactive Design course, explained that Kinetica, which specialises in multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology, and took place at the University of Westminster’s Ambika P3 venue in London this year, is an ideal platform for students to display their creative talents.

“The Interactive Design programme at Lincoln is very much based around digital arts, so the event is a great fit for us, and it is the perfect way for the students to start their final year degree shows,” he said.

“We have an extremely broad and all-embracing digital art and design course, which ensures that our graduates are well-equipped for life after university and employment in today’s digital design industry. We focus on creating well-rounded designers with significant experience of a wide range of techniques and practices, and Kinetica is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain experience of a professional exhibition.”

The highly respected BA (Hons) Interactive Design course has been responsible for producing alumni populating renowned creative studios within major cities across the UK, Europe and the USA. Notable alumni include Mike Smart, who landed a role with world-renowned German typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann, and recent graduate Martin Rose, who currently occupies a position with top agency Mother New York. Tarik Bedevi, Digital Designer at Ogilvy Action London, also graduated from the programme before going on to win MAA and Marketing Week Engage Awards, amongst a host of other national accolades.

For more information on the installations from the University of Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Interactive Design course at the 5th Kinetica Art Fair, one of London’s annual landmark art exhibitions, visit www.kinetica2013.isbg.co.uk.
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