Exhibition: SynSoma

June 3 – 12, 2011
Robyn Moody + Steve Daniels
*Hotshot (181 Augusta Avenue)
Curated by Michael Alstad + Camille Turner
Free admission

Join us for the Exhibition Opening – June 4, 7pm-9pm!


SynSoma is an exhibition of kinetic works which explore the relationship between the artificial and organic through subtle mechanical mimicry of natural systems.

Robyn Moody’s Power 2: Heart Lake as seen through the eyes of Manley Natland adopts a closed system with simple repetitious mechanical functions made up of hundreds of spinning black gears of different sizes embedded with small tilted mirrors. Modeled after Heart Lake, a water source within the Alberta oilsands, the dark glistening surface suggests the separation of oil from sand through destructive processes. The varying shapes, sizes and hand made quality of each gear results in a complexity of emerging patterns going in and out of phase

Steve Daniels’ sessile is a colony of 25 kinetic sculptures incorporate an open system where each robot responds to changes in ambient light levels by opening and closing their limbs. A viewer’s shadow becomes a part of the colony’s environment and a medium of interaction. Subtle differences arise from a myriad of factors including small variations in construction, surface imperfections, their orientation to ground and most importantly their internal emotional state. The work creates a dialogue between participant and object where the observed and observer are interchanged.

STEVE DANIELS uses electronics and communication technologies to create hardware agents, kinetic sculptures, ubiquitous spaces and networked events. He is currently interested in the non-utilitarian possibilities of DIY social devices. He has recently presented his work at Mobile Nations, Together Elsewhere, Future Sonic, DorkBot (Toronto) and the GOSH! Summit (Banff Centre).

ROBYN MOODY currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he is a sessional instructor in the department of Media Arts and Digital Technology at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  Born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1975, Moody received a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge in 2000, and an MFA from NSCAD University in 2006. He takes a whimsical and multifaceted approach to artmaking, incorporating electronics, mechanics, film, performance, installation, sculpture, or whatever a project requires. In the past decade, Moody has shown his work regularly across Canada and in Europe.

MICHAEL ALSTAD is an artist and curator working in site-specific installation and digital media art. Using diverse mediums to explore unique spaces and contexts, his work generally examines the relationship between technology and the environment. Michael is a founding member of Year Zero One, an organisation that produces and supports networked and hybrid forms of artistic practice, particularly new media art in public spaces. Michael has co-curated exhibitions for the Subtle Technologies Festival throughout the past decade.

Media artist / performer CAMILLE TURNER has been involved in Subtle Technologies from its inception. With a solid background as both artist and curator, her contribution to the Festival has been to commission, produce and present new works that bring science and social science into the realm of art.