Magic Carpets 2014

Voluto da Federico II di Hohenstaufen nel XIII secolo, con la sua architettura basata sul numero 8, Castel del Monte è un edificio unico nel suo genere. Classificato nel 1996 dall’UNESCO come Patrimonio dell’Umanità, oggi si veste di pixel e mosaici per il Festival Internazionale di Andria, Castel dei Mondi. L’artista Miguel Chevalier ha steso nel cortile ottagonale un tappeto digitale su cui si avvicendano coreografie interattive sulle musiche di Jacopo Baboni Schilingi. Mosaici composti da pixel si trasformano gradualmente in spirali dai colori brillanti e saturi.

L’ILLUSIONE DELLA LUCE

Luce come chiarore, luce abbagliante, luce rivelatrice. L’esposizione si apre con un’opera realizzata dall’artista Doug Wheeler in cui la luce diventa materia ridefinendo spazio e tempo e annullando ogni riferimento percettivo. Le opere di venti artisti, dagli anni Sessanta ad oggi, raccontano la luce in tutti i suoi significati e declinazioni, interpretandola e rappresentandola.

A guidare il visitatore all’interno del percorso alla scoperta delle infinite sfaccettature della luce, sono le opere di Robert Irwin con i suoi tubi al neon, Dan Flavin con materiali poveri e fragili, Julio Le Parc che mette in risalto le potenzialità ipnotiche e cinetiche della luce, i dipinti di Trony Brauntuch con i suoi colori scuri e molti altri artisti tutti da scoprire.

La mostra non dà una risposta esaustiva alla moltitudine di interrogativi che gli artisti contemporanei si pongono sui significati e sui ruoli molteplici della luce, ma invita a un proprio percorro interiore tra luci e ombre, giorno e notte, nero e bianco, realtà e illusione.

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VICTOR ENRICH’S PHOTOGRAPHIC MIND

Victor Enrich, a Barcelona based photographer, has pushed even his reputation of reconfigurations and twisted figures to the extreme. For his most recent project, he took an image of the NH Deutscher Kaiser hotel (hence the name Project NHDK) in Munich and translated the building’s architecture 88 different ways. Most are impossible twists and turns, but some pass as surprisingly realistic. Lifelike or not, it’s fun to think about what the familiar structures in our lives would look like if we had the chance to get our hands on the architecture.

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Munich’s Deutscher Kaiser hotel looks like any sleek modern building. But re-imagined through the mind (and lens) of artist Víctor Enrich, the structure becomes something mind-bendingly crazy — Salvador Dali meets Inception. The Spanish native spent months turning out these 88 startling computer-aided distortions of the four-star urban lodging. Why? Recent emigrant Enrich had passed the Deutscher Kaiser daily while job-hunting in the German city and quickly tired of looking at it. What started off as novel way to motivate himself, turned into a fully realized passion project. Speaking to TIME from Barcelona, Enrich says “I always try to express myself as much as I can. If I’m not having fun, I will never do anything!

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I found it beautiful,” says Enrich, “to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano.” See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break. From the artist: “This is a push forward to test my own limits, playing with the very simple geometry of the building I chose: the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. In previous projects, I always felt I did not make enough formal explorations. So, I squeezed my brains and tried to push myself towards more. It seems that right now we are in the ‘Time Lapse’ era, so I tried to make some sort of antagonist to these wonderful photographic productions of today’s contemporary artists”.

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Timelapse

L’idea di Ken Murphy, programmatore di computer in California, è semplice: per un anno ha fotografato, grazie ad un box, il cielo ogni dieci secondi. Ne ha fatto un collage di video in timelapse, mettendo insieme 360 giorni in un unico grande quadro, sincronizzati e messi in parallelo. Il risultato è ben stupefacente. “This is a year-long time-lapse study of the sky. A camera installed on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco captured an image of the sky every 10 seconds. From these images, I created a mosaic of time-lapse movies, each showing a single day. The days are arranged in chronological order. My intent was to reveal the patterns of light and weather over the course of a year” Ken Murphy.

A History of the Sky from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.