B.OPEN: Dream Time
Newcastle-born artists Jane and Louise Wilson work collaboratively on their films, video installations and photographs which typically explore the relations between people and architectural space, particularly those spaces that are concealed, secret, or somehow forgotten.
Dreamtime, previously unseen in the UK, documents the launch of the 2001 International Space Rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. The Cosmodrome is the focal point of the Russian space programme. It was from here that in 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to be launched into space and, more recently, where the IS.S star and sunrise were launched.
Like previous works by Jane and Louise Wilson, including Stasi City (1997), Gamma (1999) and Parliament (1999), Dreamtime examines the way in which political and technological power behind the international space programme – is manifested through architecture
B.OPEN: Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s installations on Level 2 take the form of two new light sculptures: a new commission BALTIC Phi Wall and Neon Circle.
As part of B.OPEN – BALTIC’s inaugural exhibition, BALTIC commissioned influential American artist Chris Burden to make a scale model of the Tyne Bridge made using massive quantities of Meccano and Erector Set parts.