The origin of life

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2019) The origin of life. .


The origin of life was the title of my solo exhibition at Beaconsfield Gallery (London), which included as the main feature an interactive kinetic sound installation of the same name. The installation consisted of twenty-one second hand synth keyboards which were 'played' by motorised flaccid finger-like appendages cast from silicone rubber. Motorisation of different 'fingers' were triggered by heat sensors reacting to the physical movement of visitors around the gallery space. The result was the creation of random symphonies as the notes of various keyboards were hammered out as a consequence of the movement of a body or bodies. One important impetus of this work, which built ambitiously on past kinetic work with keyboards, was to construct an automated parody of creative autonomy and vitalist impulses.

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