Light, fog, projection and other sea birds2.1 — Speculative Design
Back in 2011, I was lucky enough to visit a solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson in Kyiv. It is not a regular thing in Ukraine to hold art exhibitions of such high-quality level. At that period I used to be considerably sceptic to contemporary art because most of the artists trying to be spotted by audience provoking strong emotional feedback, and the easiest way to do so is to shock and arouse disgust, fear and depress. That is why I was fairly surprised by the Olafur’s artworks as they are playful and aesthetically pleasing, though deep and thought-provoking.
I love the way he manipulates the light and other physical effects to play with audience’s perception. How he creates the feeling of uncertainty and calmness at the same time by using enlighted fog:
Using fog, he makes visible something imperceptible, which gives me ideas how to make surveillance apparent in the physical environment around the audience.
Let’s take a look at how different artists make something hidden visible.
Antony McCall created the installation called “Line Describing a Cone” in 1973 using film projector and smoke:
And it is great! Cinema, light, sculpture, uncertainty and an ephemeral presence of something intangible.
Basically, the same effect we can see in another McCall’s artwork “Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”: