Exhibition: 'Evolutionary Love' by Dean Kenning

Saturday 13th November 2021 to Saturday 19th February 2022

Bury Art Museum, Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DR

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Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre are participating in the MTSA Touring Programme, hosting the 2020/21 recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, Dean Kenning, and his work.

Exhibition: 'Evolutionary Love' by Dean Kenning

Dean Kenning makes kinetic and sound sculptures, as well as videos and diagrams often with sculptural elements. His work is produced through hands-on material and process-based experimentation and in the spirit of DIY problem-solving. He uses materials like silicone and wax to suggest organs, skin and bodies, and he utilises motors and re-engineers obsolete technology to make things ‘come to life’.

For ‘Evolutionary Love’, Kenning has produced a series of semi-autonomous, interactive creatures - robots - which crawl and drag themselves around the gallery, avoiding obstacles and interacting with visitors and each other. Point of view footage is live-streamed on screens, giving the audience a close-to-the-ground creaturely perspective.

The works have evolved in collaboration with creative computing educator and coder Llewelyn Fernandes and maintain a determinedly analogue aspect as new forms, functions and materials are developed in a continuous feedback process of trial and error production. 

Find out more about the exhibition at the Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre website.

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