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Friday, November 9th, 2018

Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall with WHITEvoid

Issue #3 of E-Squared featured light artists WHITEvoid.

Recently we saw LICHTGRENZE, a project that celebrates “25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall.” The light installation composed of 8000 lit balloons on poles temporarily separates the city for 3 days and nights. Millions of people came to see the helium filled balloons rise to the Berlin night sky at the end of Berlin’s largest outdoor art installation.

You can see their magnificent installation on video here: LICHTGRENZE.

Read more about WHITEvoid in Issue #3 below.

Operating at the interface of art, design, and technology, WHITEvoid was founded in 2004 by Christopher Bauder and is comprised of specialists in interaction design, media design, product design, interior architecture, and electronic engineering. Commissioned by the Festival of Lights Lyon, DEEP WEB is a monumental immersive audiovisual installation and live performance created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke.

Presented in enormous pitch-dark indoor spaces, DEEP WEB plunges the audience into a ballet of iridescent kinetic light and surround sound. The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25-meter-wide and 10-meter-high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colorful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness. DEEP WEB brings together decades of separate research and experimentation by two artists with unique visions and passions for sound and light, and by innovative companies working in these fields.

Christopher Bauder has brought his installations and performances to art events and spaces around the world, including Centre Pompidou Paris, MUTEK Montreal, Festival of Lights Lyon, Luminale Frankfurt, The Jewish Museum Berlin, and The National Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan. He is best known for his city-wide light art installation Lichtgrenze, created in 2014 together with his brother Marc, for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and his large scale kinetic live shows ATOM and GRID, both in cooperation with Robert Henke.