Mokuso: Who is Kinetic?
Kinetic, Angel: My name is Angel Petkov and I am one of the founders of Kinetic Studio, after that the team was joined by Stela Stoynova, Vasil Vasilev and more recently Ivan Yankov. Also a lot of other people and experts who work with us on different projects.
We are the first group, that started creating and developing kinetic art objects in Bulgaria. Most recently a special part of the team is working in graphic design.
We can boost with the creation of kinetic lamps and hangers, some high-tech interactive sculptures, which can recognize human behaviour and react as ideological mirror, transforming the input information into moves, light impulses and nature sounds. For Kinetic studio the audience was never only observer, the people are the reason for everything that they see and our aim is to give them the opportunity to change the behaviour of the object in front of them.
М: How did the creative evolution bring you to kinetic and interactive design?
K: Angel: At a certain moment I was looking for a mean that gives more possibilities for expressing and shortening the distance to the viewers’ senses. Then I found an album of Tinguely. In it I found what I was looking for. One year later with the help of Vasil we started the creation of very simple kinetic sculptures. The next year Stela joined the crew and during this period we chose the team name to be Kinetic, and we instantly fell in love with it. During the process many people joined and after that left the team, but they left good influence on us and made us better people. Six months ago Ivan Yankov joined Kinetic, he cares about our intellectual property and channels part of the processes in the studio. At the moment we are so structured as we have never been before and we can’t wait for the new challenges to come.
М: How much art and how much science is there in Kinetic?
K: Thanks to science and new technologies we manage to reach the lovers of art in a way different than any other. Where science ends and art starts is difficult to define, because science is our instrument of expression.
М: Up to what extent must art be functional?
K: Art was always functional – it provokes emotions in people. Even more, trough kinetic sculptures and interactive installations modern advertisement can be brought to another level. The urban person, citizen is fed up with the big bright neon signs and the bigger the signs and bilboards get the less visible they are. Kinetic installations can be what makes the difference and attract people’s attention. On the other hand how will you estimate a lamp with a futuristic design and one that you can control not only the other lights in the house with but the audio system also? We will stop here to save the moment of surprise and not reveal our latest installation.
М: We can’t wait! And what is happiness in the kinetic world?
K: The world around us moves constantly. Kinetic world shows us how one energy can be transformed into another. We cannot make the difference between both, we just search for a way to make it better. Happiness is subjective. What makes us happier is the constant progress and success that we achieve.
М: What kind of support does an art formation like yours get?
K: Is the one that you earn on your own. To get support from someone you must devote a lot of energy, constancy and to slowly convert all your dreams into goals. The bigger an art formation gets and the more support it gives – the more it gets. Luckily we now have the support of quite an audience from professionals, among are also our friends Simeon Yanchev and engineer Jordan Stoyanov from www.robotev.com.
М: In what conditions have you made art? What is your personal inspiration to create even under hard circumstances?
K: In any – in a basement near the Parliament, dressed as gipsies in the middle of a country side vegetable garden, but we’ve also had the opportunity to work in some of the most technologically advanced ateliers of private companies in Bulgaria. Bad conditions don’t scare us, they can just motivate us to overcome all obstructions, deal with the reality and make a more significant and sustainable peace of art.
М: What is your boldest vision of modern art in Bulgaria? Are there examples of it constructed or created (by you or someone else)?
K: The future of modern art is connected with interactive design and technologies. We have conceptual ideas for exterior urban plastics that react and change themselves affected by the urban noise and falling asleep during the early hours. Solar energy is getting more popular every day so we were thinking about combining solar generators that are actual kinetic sculptures and they will be capable of changing the urban open spaces drastically. Small investments in innovation and art in Bulgaria hinder the progress of exterior solutions and investment in interior prevail, because it is more affordable.
М: Do you think you’ve made your childhood dreams come true? If not – what is there left to do to make them real?
А: Big part of them came true, but there is one, that we all want – to make a living from the art we create. For now all of us have another job apart Kinetic studio, so we can meet our needs.
М: What are the highest hights that you have reached and where have you exhibited your kinetic art?
K: “Kinetica art fair 2012” in London is the biggest festival and platform that we took part at. There we have exhibited the piece “Art is not for people”. We took part also at DA fest 2011 and 2012 in Sofia. Our pieces were also shown at “The Mad Museum” in Stanford, UK, at “Transsform” Thessaloniki, Greece. We also did a kinetic installation at the Elevation 2012 music festival and a part of the installation Heineken The Date Place 2012.
М: What do you think of the so called message of art?
K: The message of art is mostly a direction in which the author tends to make the audiences think. Sometimes people have little time and even if the artist wants to say something very simple – people don’t understand it, because they don’t have time to be alone with their thoughts. The message is the game with the senses, because of that art exists.
М: On the road to a big dream you have to go trough…?
K: …a lot of worries, hesitations and making hard choices. The key is positive thinking, the help of the right people next to you, people who speak your language and who you share your daily life with, and then you slowly come together and step by step turn the dream into a common goal.
М: Final words?
K: Mokuso and Kinetic think positive – you can try it also!
Mokuso: You will find more about Kinetic on their website here.