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mission of art, 2005

Site-specific light installation
New building of the Akademie der Künste [Academy of Arts], facade and Pariser Platz, Berlin (D). 05/2005 to 09/2006

400cm (light bar)
Light bar with 3,200 super-bright white LEDs, heated stainless steel case, acrylic glass cylinder, 4 microprocessors, computer

Curator: Cathrin Pichler


The light installation mission of art is a temporary intervention on the façade of the Akademie der Künste [Academy of Arts] in Berlin building for the occasion of the opening of the Academy's new location on Pariser Platz (Brandenburg Gate). Members of the Academy were invited to contribute a word each for the feed of a 4m-high light stick equipped with super-bright white LEDs.

Letters and words are produced on the retina of the observers as after-images and seem to lay for the viewer in motion as an all-over in front of the glass façade of the Academy, the surroundings of the Pariser Platz and in front of the "sky over Berlin".

Analogous to an advertising billboard in the urban space, the installation is designed for visibility in the evening.

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These words are messages of art, messages of artists – their clarity resides in the imposition to decide upon a single word, their openness in the totally different meaning the words have for each individual reader.

From: Akademie der Künste, Berlin, press release 17.03.2005


Exhibitions:
2005/2006, mission of art, Akademie der Künste [Academy of Arts], Berlin (DE)