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Art Forum - Kirsty Boyle


Noted artists, critics, theorists and curators from Australia and abroad speak about their work

Start Date

12 Aug 2011 12:30 pm

End Date

12 Aug 2011 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre (behind the cafeteria on level one) at the Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart

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Lectures are open to the public, admission is free -

Art Forum

Kirsty Boyle will give an introduction & then an overview of the world of Karakuri from ancient Japan to Sony robots. Japan’s love of robots lies in the history of the ‘Karakuri Ningyo’. Karakuri' = a mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise. It implies hidden magic, or an element of mystery.

Boyle will also be discussing new media robot culture & some recent projects – 'tree ceremony', commissioned by the Museum Tinguely & Kunsthaus Graz for the Robot Dreams exhibition touring 2010 – 2011; ‘love the robots’ - a showcase combining media art, network performance, informal lecture & discussion centred around the theme of robots, contemporary art, culture & society and 'ocean of air', a collaboration with UN climate change scientist Ramon Guardans & Tega Brain.

Kirsty Boyle is an Australian artist whose passion for robots has driven her to travel the world in order to work with other like-minded artists & scientists.  The historical & cultural aspects of science in society continue to be a major theme that informs her artistic practice. During 2002, Kirsty began study under Mr Tamaya Shobei, a ninth generation Karakuri Ningyo craftsman & last remaining mechanical doll Master in Japan. She is currently his only student, & the only woman to have ever been trained in the tradition.

Her practice is truly interdisciplinary, encompassing skills in sculpture, theatrical performance, film & animation, digital arts & design, mechanical & electrical engineering & artificial intelligence.

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