Designed by Berlin-based artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ‘ADA’ is a giant interactive analogue installation, featuring a huge helium balloon studded with charcoal spikes, which create patterns on the surrounding white walls.
Developed via a technique the artist generated especially for this work, the balloon is about three feet in diameter with 300 charcoal sticks attached to its surface, each about 10 inches apart. Moving around freely within a white room, users are encouraged to engage with the object by pushing and spinning the balloon to create scribbles on the walls. The project references the 19th-century mathematician, Ada Lovelace, who wrote a series of notes on her friend Charles Babbages’s project “analytical engine”, a computer with the ability to produce art.
All of Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s works contain the method of their making. They are direct art with the focus on material and movement through time and impact on results.