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Submergence, 2013-2021

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)

Submergence, 2013-2021


United Kingdom

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).

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