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Presented within CTM Festival 2016 in collaboration with Kraftwerk Berlin.
Deep Web is a monumental immersive audiovisual installation created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke. Sublimating the spectacular industrial architecture of Kraftwerk Berlin, Deep Web plunges the audience into a ballet of iridescent kinetic light and surround sound. The work will be presented daily within CTM 2016 Festival. It will close with the presentation of a special enhanced live performance version on Sunday 7 February.
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 colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in Kraftwerk Berlin’s cavernous darkness.
The installation 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. High-end laser system manufacturer LaserAnimation Sollinger provided the technical expertise and development for this very specific spatial laser setup, while the motor winch systems and main control software are provided courtesy of Design Studio WHITEvoid and Kinetic Lights.
The work was originally commissioned by the Festival of Lights Lyon 2015, and developed in cooperation with local producer Tetro and its artistic production department Tetro+A. Due to the festival’s rescheduling after the tragic events in Paris, Berliners have the unique chance to attend an exclusive preview before the project will be presented in December 2016 in Lyon.
An artist and designer working in the fields of light and installation art, media design and scenography, Christopher Bauder focuses on the translation of bits and bytes into objects and environments, and vice versa. Space, object, sound, light and interaction are key elements of his work. In 2004 he founded the multidisciplinary art and design studio WHITEvoid, which specializes in interactivity, media, interior architecture, and electronic engineering.
Bauder has brought his installations and performances to events and spaces around the world, including Centre Pompidou Paris, MUTEK Montreal, 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.
Alongside his numerous releases as Monolake, Robert Henke is also well known for the music, audiovisual installations and performances he has been creating under his own name since the early 90s. Due to his background in engineering and fascination with the beauty of technical objects, the development of his own instruments and algorithms has always been an integral part of his creative process. Henke also co-developed the omnipresent Ableton Live music software, which since its invention in 1999 has become the standard tool for electronic music production and completely redefined live performance practice. Henke has continuously pushed his love for music and programming to new levels, most recently with “Lumière” and “Lumière II”, an audiovisual composition for lasers and sound, and long term artistic project that explores syntax, meaning and narration within a newly developed and self-written audio-visual language.
His installations and performances have been presented at Tate Modern London, the Centre Pompidou Paris, PS-1 New York, MUDAM Luxembourg, MAK Vienna, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and at countless festivals.
Tickets for viewing the Deep Web installation, and its final performance, are available for 12 € (8 € reduced), and 25 € respectively. For the installation, adults accompanying children can save money with a Family Ticket for the price of 20 €.
Access to both the installation and performance is granted to holders of the CTM 2016 Gold Pass as well as the CTM + transmediale Connect Pass Gold.
Access is also included in all Press accreditations to CTM Festival.
Partners & Sponsors
A production by:
WHITEvoid | Kinetic Lights | Kraftwerk Berlin | CTM Festival
Originally commissioned by:
Fête de Lumière Lyon | Tetro
LaserAnimation Sollinger | Lichtblick | Complete Audio | satis&fy AG
WHITEvoid operates at the interface of art, design and technolgy. Comprised of specialists in interaction design, media design, product design, interior architecture and electronic engineering, it creates interactive installations and products for museums, exhibitions, trade fairs, festivals, events, concerts and clubs.
Kinetic lights is responsible for inventing kinetic lighting. For over 10 years the company engineers and produces a wide range of equipment and devices for various art, interior, stage, show and event lifting and lighting applications.
Located in the heart of the city, the former power station Kraftwerk Berlin is a piece of Berlin’s industrial history. Built approximately at the same time as the Berlin Wall, its purpose was to power the central districts of East Berlin. As of 1997, the building stood abandoned for many years, before Dimitri Hegemann gave it a second life in 2006 by relocating his world-renowned techno club, Tresor, into a part of the giant building. Slowly thereafter, the former power plant’s three levels have been carefully adapted for their new (cultural) life. Today, Kraftwerk Berlin stands as an enormous space and important part of the city’s established cultural venues. The building houses many cultural events year-round, and is notably the home for the Berlin Atonal festival, which was recently revived.
TETRO and TETRO+A
Tetro is a well-established creative agency based in Lyon and Paris (France) with a strong focus on creating innovating and leading-edge cultural content.
TETRO+A is the TETRO’S artistic production department. Over the past few years, TERTRO+A has build strong relationships with European visual artists and musicians to bring installations and creative concepts to festivals or cultural events such as Nuit Blanche in Paris, Nuits Sonores of Fêtes des Lumières in Lyon to name a few. Tetro+A creates, produces and circulates its artistic, digital, luminous and monumental projects all around the world.
FETE DES LUMIERES
On 8 September 1852, as the city of Lyon was about to inaugurate a statue of the Virgin Mary in the Chapel on the Fourvière Hill, the ceremony had to be abandoned as the River Saône was overflowing. The festivities were postponed to 8 December of the same year, however a violent storm broke out that day and the event was abandoned. However, as residents watched the weather improve as night fell, they spontaneously lit their homes with candles and Bengal lights and hurried down into the street. This ritual has been repeated every year since, eventually mutating into an oustanding urban event, born of the wish to create a festival that would unite all of the people of Lyon and continue to celebrate the lighting of the city begun in 1999.
Each year around the 8 December, Lyon becomes a center of exhibition for light show design, inviting artists from around the world and featuring performances and light shows that attract millions of visitors. Based on this tradition, the Festival of Lights has since become the world’s principal event for creative light displays, showcasing the work of top artists and offering an open-air laboratory for up-and-coming talent.
Dates: Tue 02.02. – Fri 05.02.2016 | 15 – 21h
Sat 06.02 | 13 – 23h
Sun 07.02.2016 | 13 – 18h
Live concert within the Installation: Sun 07.02.2016 | 19h
Venue: Kraftwerk Berlin