Yesterday was the premiere of Robert Henke’s sound and light performance Lumiere III at the Barbican. It was an absolutely mesmerising and hypnotising experience, based on algorithms, that created a series of three-dimensional spaces interweaving one with the other.
Here is an excerpt from Lumiere II, as III is not available yet. I highly recommend it if shown again!
The film with footage from the unit’s roadtrip to the States, is an attempt to demonstrate the equal significance of details and nature in a country of overabundance. It indicates a shift in reality and one’s range of focus, in a land of constant make-believe and storytelling. The Joshua trees are, in fact, a group of scruffy monsters.
The situationists considered Giorgio de Chirico ‘one of the most remarkable architectural precursors’. His drawings are eery, marking presence through its absence (always uninhabited by people). Carlos Monteiro has developed SURREALISTa, a computer game that simulates Chirico’s drawings in 3D space. By playing it, one seeks to unlock secret gateways in order to move to the next level.
Here is the video for it https://youtu.be/Ql8UrQBSsKQ and the link to download (it’s free!)
‘The Dream is a short experimental dance film exploring the world of dreams. The ‘sleeping‘ woman is representative of humanitiy’s oblivious state of spiritual ignorance of what is truly real, awakening the spirit where Magic dwells.’
The film switches between a dance performance and a magical, underwater setting. The cold colours in the film, in comparison with the deep red, create a very interesting atmosphere that reminds me of natura morta paintings.