B.OPEN: BALTIC Phi Wall
Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s installations on Level 2 take the form of two new light sculptures: a new commission BALTIC Phi Wall (2002) and Neon Circle (2001).
Neon circle is made up of 186 cold-cathode tubes arranged in a circular cage-like structure, that the viewer can step into. Each tub gives off a bright white light that rapidly turns on and off, giving the impression of a spinning wheel.
BALTIC Phi Wall consists of a semi-circular structure of large lights positioned close together that flash in a rapid sequence. The work explores the phenomenon that occurs when two dots are projected next to one another at rapid intervals, causing observers to see ‘imaginary’ balls jumping in between the individual lights.
These two sculptures both use light to create a physically disorientating, hypnotic effect in the viewer, altering his/her perception of the space in which he or she stands.
Carsten Höller’s work explores ideas of interactivity, irrationality and pleasure, often inviting the participation of the audience in order to provide relief from what he calls ‘the burden of straightforwardness’.
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