SAN FRANCISCO--Exploring the similarities in the mechanic and natural worlds, art:tech, an exhibit at The Lab in San Francisco's Mission District, contrasts technology with its natural origins.
Multimedia installations infused with elements of the natural world take cues from biotechnology, blurring the boundaries of what we see as natural and artificial worlds.
Step up to this kinetic sculpture and digital camera, which blends pictures with patterns of water. The "SonicSense BlowTank" senses the subject's presence, shoots a photograph, and enacts a robotic kinetic sculpture that then shoots a random pattern of air into a tank of water.
The pattern of disruption in the water bubbles then morphs with the photograph, creating a distorted image projected on the walls of the gallery.
The result is a photo that is blended with natural patterns, an overlay of the natural world blended with the robotic movements of the digital image and the machine.