Karina Smigla-Bobinski


“KALEJDOSKOP” is a spatial object that can be used in many ways. It functions as a very large and completely walkable lightbox. On its surface, inks in red, yellow and blue are floating between several layers of PVC foil. Every kind of pressure – be it with one finger, with the feet or be it with the entire body – displaces and shifts the inks and generates permanently changing images.

The vivid stir of the liquids is appearing through forms and colors. Both phenomenons can be shaped by the users ad libitum. As to the forms, there is a constant change between homogeneous areas and bubble pattern in most varied dimensions and agglomerations due to a special additive in the inks. The color play is caused by the illumination of the three layers of ink from below. The liquids are serving as filters, refracting the white light of the LEDs inside the box in infinite variations.

Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works as a freelance intermedia artist in Munich and Berlin. She studied Art and Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and Munich, Germany and graduated in 2000 with a Diploma with master outstanding artistic achievement. Currently she is a Visiting Research Fellow and Artist in Residence at ZiF Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University’s Institute for Advanced Study

Smigla-Bobinski works with analogue and digital media. She produces and collaborates on projects ranging from kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, art interventions featuring mixed reality and interactive art objects, and also works in videos, multimedia physical theatre performances and online projects.

Her works has been shown in 43 countries on five continents at festivals, galleries and museums internationally. She has broadcast and lectured widely and held various artist residency at many universities and cultural organizations worldwide.