Submergence is a large immersive walkthrough experience by Squidsoup that uses over five thousand individual points of suspended light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. In this way, the installation transforms space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. As visitors enter the piece, they walk into a space occupied by both real and virtual components and can affect both. In its entirety, an abstract narrative is formed with a gradual increase in tension that builds to a final climax.
King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
Squidsoup (est. 1997) uses digital technologies to create immersive experiences in a broad range of spaces, from art galleries and commercial venues to live public outdoor spaces and events. The studio’s work was seen by over two million people on six continents in 2019. Recent exhibitions and events include Canary Wharf (2020, 2017, 2019); Salisbury and Gloucester Cathedrals (2020, 2018, 2015); Burning Man (2019, 2018); Durham Lumiere (2019); Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2019, 2017); Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (2019, 2016, 2015); and Sydney Opera House (2016). Their key work Submergence has been exhibited some 70 times.
The studio also works regularly with electronica musician Four Tet, creating bespoke boundary-defying immersive light shows for a series of live concerts, including Alexandra Palace, London (2019) and LA, New York and Sydney Opera House (2015-8).
Ana Maria Negară
Ana Maria Negară (b. 1984) gained a PhD in visual arts from the National University of Arts, George Enescu, Iasi, Romania (2014), as well as an MA (2010) and B.Sc. (2008) in sculpture. Her artistic concept is built on the relationship between expressive and conceptual forms of tradition and those of the recent era.SEE ARTIST
Damjan Komel (b. 1971) graduated in sculpture and ceramic from the Famul Stuart School of Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2004). In his artistic research he seeks to tell his own story, his experiences, personal responses and feelings, as well as those of people and situations he encounters in his daily life.SEE ARTIST
Angelo Bonello (b. 1971) is an Italian artist whose visual capacity and stylistic approach is based on the dimensional distortion of scenic space and landscape.SEE ARTIST
Riyadh Art’s ten programs and two festivals turn the city into a creative canvas, bringing public art to the spaces where people travel, work and play.Explore Now
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