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Interactive Art by Karina Smigla-Bobinski

A photo of a large plastic balloon with charcoal sticks attachedADA, analog interacive installation/kinetic scculpture/post-digital drawing machine

German artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski is a sculptor and performance artist. Smigla-Bobinki creates artworks that allow for audience interaction and participation, making the gallery space more exciting than static.


In her work, Ada, Smigla-Bobinski places a large, clear plastic, helium filled membrane in the centre of a white-walled gallery room. The helium filled ball has sticks of charcoal protruding from many points on its surface. The weightlessness and mobility of the ball, and the blank white state of the walls, invites the gallery visitor to move the ball and create marks on the walls. I really love the idea of this, that element of childlike wonder in throwing around what is essentially a large, charcoal-equipped balloon, and drawing on the walls. The marks are abstract, but the real work of art is the experience and process of slowly covering the gallery walls in charcoal.


An image of several lanterns mounted to float above a body of waterIslands, light installation in public space

 This interactivity and innovation in material carries through into many of Karina’s artworks, which have been shown extensively in Germany as well as internationally.


A photo of a fish projection on the window of a buildingAquarium, video mapping in public space

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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