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Mari Velonaki

Mari Velonaki, Circle D: Fragile Balances 2008 (1)

Mari Velonaki
Circle D: Fragile Balances 2008 (installation view)
Image courtesy: The artist

Mari Velonaki, Circle D: Fragile Balances 2008 (2)

Mari Velonaki
Circle D: Fragile Balances 2008 (installation view)
Image courtesy: The artist

 

 

Mari Velonaki

b.1968, Athens, Greece
Lives and works in Sydney

Mari Velonaki works in the area of interactive media, developing projects that create intimate relationships between viewer and machine. Circle D: Fragile Balances considers the intimate yet thwarted relationship between Fish and Bird, two auto-kinetic robots encapsulated in separate wooden boxes atop a waist-high wooden stand. The love story of Fish and Bird is communicated through digitally ‘handwritten’ messages that are exchanged between the two boxes, appearing across imbedded crystal screens. Each cube can be removed from the stand allowing the viewer to hold the work in their hands. As indicated by the work’s title, the equilibrium of each cube is fragile; the legibility of the text is distorted if the cube moves too abruptly, excluding the viewer from the exchange. Handled gently and respectfully, the work responds and returns to its natural rhythm, allowing the text to flow freely.

Mari Velonaki is recognised internationally for her work in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. Her work utilises cutting-edge technology and expert engineering to create works that engage the viewer physically and emotionally. Working in the field of interactive installation art for over 12 years, she is currently an artist–researcher at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, where she collaborates on projects with Dr David Rye, Dr Steve Scheding and Dr Stefan Williams. Velonaki’s work has been seen in major exhibitions at the Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China; Prix Ars Electronica International Competition for CyberArts, Linz, Austria; Beijing New Media Art Biennial, China Millennium Art Museum, Beijing; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, United States; European Media Art Festival, Germany; Conde Duque Museum, ARCO, Madrid; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide.