18th February 2020
OMM installs interactive artwork inspired by world’s first computer programmer

An installation inspired by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, is the latest site-specific work by an international artist to be exhibited at the Odunpazari Modern Museum in Eskişehir, Turkey, from 15 February – 12 April 2020.

ADA by Karina Smigla-Bobinski is a huge, free-floating interactive drawing tool that explores the hidden creative talents of machinery. The kinetic sculpture takes the form of a transparent, membrane-like globe filled with helium and studded with charcoal spikes. Activated by visitors, the sphere revolves around the room with relentless energy, leaving indecipherable charcoal traces on the surfaces it encounters. As the white walls of the exhibition area begin to fill with markings, a complex structure emerges.

During an opening ceremony to launch the installation, dancer Li Kehua directed ADA’s initial movements in dialogue with her body, creating its first tracks in the museum.

This is the first time the installation has appeared in Turkey. It can be found in OMM’s dedicated interactive media gallery space, building on their commitment to celebrate artists that are pushing the boundaries of art, design and technology.

For further information, visit https://www.omm.art/en/exhibition/ada

Image: Karina Smigla-Bobinski, “ADA”, OMM 2020, fotoğraf_photo by Doğan Kayacık