150 Milliseconds

22/04/2016 - 01/06/2016
Le Laboratoire, Cambridge
This project has been primarily supported by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and VIA Art Fund.

Unlike any former exhibition of Random International’s work,150 Milliseconds surveys the process behind the work as much as the finished object and resulting experience. The research, sketch work, prototyping and production methods at the core of the studio are exhibited to an unprecedented extent. Random’s new body of work Fifteen Points experiments with the minimal amount of information that is actually necessary for the animated form to be recognized as human; and the fundamental impact created by subtle changes within that information. The title of the exhibition refers to the maximum amount of time it takes the human brain to decipher the apparent figure. Since 2014, an extended residency facilitated by Le Laboratoire has seen Random working within the biomimetic robotics division, including the groups of Professors Robert Howe and Robert Wood, at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on the development of Fifteen Points. This exhibition presents a first sculpture from the series and considers its evolution in the context of Random International’s practice. New seeds of thought—some of which will be developed through the continuation of the residency at Harvard—will also be revealed, forming overarching questions pertinent to the studio’s output and offering a glimpse of the first steps for new work.