Munich-based artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski has installed an interactive kinetic installation, called ADA, at Turkey’s Odunpazari Modern Museum.
Named after Ada Lovelace, one of the world’s first computer programmers, the free-floating tool is controlled by humans but produces its own autonomous language in the charcoal marks it makes across the gallery space’s white walls, ceiling and floor.
Inspired by the mechanical structures of Jean Tinguely, Smigla-Bobinski created ADA using a transparent, membrane-like globe filled with helium and studded with charcoal spikes. The machine acts as an independent artist: while visitors can control its trajectory with their own movement, the post-industrial creature creates an evolving series of patterns and signs. The possibilities of automation are extended into a creative realm in which a complex structure emerges with its own symbolic language.