Imago-A dragonfly in motion at Circus Gallery is only a matter of moments away from closing.
It has been a joy to share and connect through this exhibition.
Thank you to all of the team at Circus and to all those who have visited.
Exploration of vessels to freely hold and allow for physical reaction to a passing by.
(A suggestion has been to fill a large room with a vast plethora of these individuals.)
Within the film my physicality is responded to through the medium of the air by means of displacement, Each individual reacts to this in a unique way.
Early suggestions of character.
The delay is fascinating.
drawing from all around
surrounding to within
travelling journeying lines
scrubbing paper to impress
marking from the empty
to myself with
aspect of being this
in the physically made
I become within and of this
what i see then felt to again
to be physically
in and within this
If I make a thing, that is what it is; a thing I have made.
To make a decision
based on this thing through shape, form, proposition.
I made a thing
I made this thing up
feeling that much of the realisation presented is illusory
This creature exists only in this representation, if convincing then perhaps it is a hoax:
pretending to possess an authenticity within the real.
(Otherwise, this is an undiscovered creature, which may very well become extinct prior to ever being scientifically documented.)
It only exists as this.
This was an inspiring happening last Thursday evening which used the exhibition Imago - A dragonfly in motion as a focal point for an expansive discussion on the importance of connectivity and dialogue between Art and Science.
Dr. Katy Barrett, Curator of Art Collection, Science Museum.
Dr Huai-Ti Lin, Principal Investigator, Lecturer in Neural Engineering & Bio-robotics, Imperial College.
Myself- Oliver Smart, Artist, Puppeteer.
The Chair was Dilys Maltby, Founder & Senior Partner, Circus.
A heart-felt thanks to all who were involved in and attended this wonderful celebration of the poetic and the analytical.
In particular I wish the thank Bonnie Gibbons and the team at Circus for making this happen.
(A big thank you also to Dr Ben Price, Head Curator of Small Orders, Natural History Museum, who, although absent from this particular discussion, was very much present as a true collaborator within the Imago project.)