Global Domes XII

WerktitelGlobal Domes XII
    12 Discokugeln ∅ 50 cm, Elektromotoren, 12 Punktstrahler
    Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
    Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
Lichtoptische Faktoren

In Global Domes XII John Armleder uses the deconstructive power of light, to emphasize the fact that our reception never (if at all) limits itself to the perception of the source of light, but always aims at the light emitted or its reflections. Twelve disco balls – mirrored glass balls combined with projectors – are hung at eye level in two parallel rows. The appearance of the work is determined by flittering points of light, wandering endlessly over the ground, ceiling and walls of the exhibition space, as well as the visitors in the space. Although it is unmistakably evident, the constantly changing light ornamentation is only the reflection of beams in mirrored, turning balls. The cause and effect are clearly visible. Everybody has seen mirrored glass balls, whether in a disco, at a fair or in a department store, but this installation exerts a unique fascination. Perhaps by appearing in an exhibition space in an isolated way, this phenomenon, usually only part of a whole range of optical and acoustic stimuli, now floods our senses. In this silence the whole poetic beauty spreads out; there is space to see and to allow oneself to see. Perhaps the attraction that the work emits results from the concrete order that confronts the viewer when the balls are at eye level changing our perspective. When walking between this unusual corridor of balls one’s attention is drawn to the objects themselves, spheres covered with networks of square mirrors – the squaring of a circle. Armleder appreciates the paradox. For him the disco ball is “a combination of pure forms and motion, a sphere covered with a multitude of square elements, a spinning movement of a steady object, creating by its reflections an unsteady spatial setting".  Margrit Brehm

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