The Thin Veil – Kinetica Museum

July 2016
Past Projects

As part of their Creative Season, Ugly Duck was proud to present ‘THE THIN VEIL’ by Kinetica Museum

Kinetica marked its 10 year legacy as a leading platform for international new media art with an anniversary show that featured immersive and dynamic works that challenge perceptions to question what is real, perceived or imagined. Reality vs virtuality, duality and invisible realms was to be explored.

Since its first exhibition launched to critical acclaim at Spitalfields Market ten years ago, Kinetica has become a leading international platform for innovative artists experimenting with new media.

The anniversary event entitled The Thin Veil featured an experiential exhibition of performative and immersive artworks and an events programme featuring a series of mind-blowing holographic performances.

 Artists : 

  • Gregory Barsamian, whose three-dimensional animated zoetropic sculptures probe some of the fundamental dilemmas of human existence while celebrating the potency of dreams.
  • Ray Lee, will transport us into a parallel universe of cosmic tones and esoteric technology, with an Aladdin’s cave of exquisitely hand-crafted contraptions from his Ethometric Museum. Lee won British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012.
  • Paul Friedlander – Light Artist and ex-physicist. In 1983 he made an important discovery of the chaotic properties of spinning string and invented chromastrobic light – ‘light that changes colour faster than the human eye can see’. Paul will be showing his kinetic chromastrobic artwork at Kinetica.
  • Jonty Hurwitz – Nano Sculpures, invisible to the human eye and the smallest sculptures in the world. Works created with Quantum Physics. TBC – pending hire of strongest magnification equipment in UK!
  • Chris Levine, an internationally recognised pioneering artist who works across different media in pursuit of sensory experience of image and form through the power of light.
  • Tim Lewis. Lewis pushes the boundaries of imagination to reveal creatures born of mechanics. His work has been seen in major galleries & museums and is collected widely.

More than 35 artists participated in the show from over 10 countries.

A showcase of performance works was supported by Holotronica’s Stuart Warren Hill, the inventor of Hologauze – a projection system enabling the world’s largest high-resolution indoor holograms.

Performances included the premiere of Shama Rahman’s ‘TruthBeTold’, the world’s first full live album using the pioneering wearable technology gloves.

A programme of workshops and talks explored the value of creativity to nurture the mind, discoursing new ideas in furthering the potential of the brain, and tapping into unseen energy fields.

Further exhibits, talks and presentations explored the possibilities of holographic, virtual and augmented reality technologies as a gateway to changing perceptions.

As part of the exhibition, Kinetica has widened its net with an open call submission process. Ten works were selected for the show by a panel including artist Chris Levine, Susie Thornberry (Ugly Duck / Artichoke Trust/ Imperial War Museum), and Mike Stubbs (Director, FACT, Liverpool), in addition to Kinetica Founders and Directors Dianne Harris and Tony Langford.


About Kinetica

For the past decade the former Kinetica Museum and subsequent Kinetica Art Fair have received both critical and popular acclaim for their dynamic and engaging curated exhibitions, exhibitor installations and innovative events programmes. Both have popularised and supported the development of artists who are leading the way forward into new artistic domains. Many of the artists shown through Kinetica have gained international success, with their work commissioned & collected extensively.