Judge’s Notebook 4: Takni / Misio2

Takni and Misio2 created a sculpture who’s  forms sneak up on the viewer like a predator to prey.
Review by Eleanor Medier, judge, for the UWA 3D Art Competition, Transcending Borders, in Judge’s Notebook.

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4- “Offworld” by Takni / Misio2

Intrigued initially by a beautiful abstract dance of forms suspended over a circular platform, a welcoming path directs the visitor into it from the landing point. And suddenly, when found surrounded by a low gold wall, the abstract dance of small glowing shapes vanishes as 36 cubes appear. They continually form an object that looms over the unsuspecting avatar, and before becoming more threatening, break up and reform somewhere else as another object. The most alarming is to discover an enormous gun made of cubes with a point-blank confrontation! Then there are the benign peace symbols or fish forms. Captivated by what will appear next is its own capture!

All of the various symbolic shapes are made from the same number of cubes, all the same uniform size. How the various symbolic cubistic forms relate to one another can offer a great starting point for discussion.

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The borders presented here seem to be more perceptual and psychological than real. It seems to say, because all the forms are made with the same squares, that perception gives context. Society assigns meaning to forms, not the forms themselves. So the borders between symbols and experiences are in values and interpretations. All people have similar realities, but reactions and circumstances cause different results.

Wishing that the initial dance and the display to transport (not shown in this review) integrated more stylistically, the power of the cube transformations is enough to win 4th place. Had the other elements been more utilized, this work might have won first place. Yet the dramatic power of universal symbols presented in a new way remains memorable and affecting.

Eleanor Medier, critic

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