SKALAR is a large-scale art installation, conceived by Christopher Bauder with Kangding Ray, that explores the complex impact of light and sound on human perception, a reflection on the fundamental nature and essence of human emotions. By combining a vast array of kinetic mirrors and perfectly synchronized moving lights with a sophisticated multi-channel sound system, it offers an audio-visual narration of radiant light vector drawings and multi-dimensional sound. Visitors are encouraged to walk around, sit or lie down on the floor and drift as far away as possible from everyday life and the outside world. SKALAR has already been visited by more than 200,000 people in Amsterdam, Berlin, Mexico City and Zurich. A customized version of the installation has been made for Noor Riyadh 2021.
Christopher Bauder (b.1973) is an artist and designer working in the fields of light and installation art, media design, and scenography. 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 the National Opera, Beijing; The Jewish Museum, Berlin; MUTEK Montreal; Centre Pompidou Paris, and The National Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. He received international attention for his city-wide light art installation Lichtgrenze created in 2014 together with his brother Marc to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Keith Sonnier (1941 – 2020) radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials that had never before been used, Sonnier called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. In 1968, he began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work.SEE ARTIST
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (b. 1933 and 1945) and are Russian-born, American-based artists who collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual.SEE ARTIST
Antonio Vigo (b. 1972) began his artistic training at the School of Arts and Crafts (1992). Since 2007, he has combined his work as a professor of Fine Arts, currently at the Rey Juan Carlos University, with his sculpture projects.SEE ARTIST
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