Art not for sale, paintings by robots and a museum of winds
As a protest against consumerism, pop culture and the crisis in city centres, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean runs a shop in the town of Ayr with her works that are not available for sale. Inside, guests can expect a multimedia mixture of fairy tales and pop culture created by the artist. The inscription on the ceiling reads: “Nothing can disappear from here!” It is part of the Jupiter+ arts and education initiative, which aims to revitalise empty shops on Scotland’s high streets with free art exhibitions and workshops for young people.
Canadian artist and researcher Sougwen Chung creates art using painting robots and artificial intelligence. Machines that observe the gestures of a working artist and paint synchronously with him/her are called D.O.U.G. – Drawing Operations Unit Generation. Works of art created together with robots can reach a value of even tens of thousands of pounds. With her works, the artist wants to challenge people’s ideas about the limitations of robotics and artificial intelligence. Chung is considered a pioneer of human-machine collaboration.
In the Bora museum in Trieste, Italy, you can see the sea breeze from Barcelona caught in a perfume carafe, the Czech wind closed in a mustard jar, the mistral hidden in a plastic water bottle, the Swiss fen in a test tube and the Italian bora in a paint can. In total, the museum contains 400 wind samples from around the world. The museum also features works of art inspired by gusty winds.