Art: Shaped by Strobe

Most kinetic art seemed to have been banished to attics in Easthampton and closets in the 16th arrondissement —those clicking fluorescent wall boxes, those spinning mirrors, those balky, home-wired devices that were about a tenth as complex, and nothing like as much fun, as a pinball machine.

Perhaps nobody could believe that a simple art machine would reconcile gallery culture and "life," when all his household tools, from stereo to juicer, are stuffed with miniaturized circuits and every discotheque routinely puts on light shows that eclipse anything that the Biennale ever offered. Yet, a few artists continue to produce kinetic objects...

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