LYS (LIGHT)

A commission by SPUNK for the 40th anniversary of the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

LIGHT is an interaction between the art centre’s environment and the musicians, in which, over a period of time, SPUNK takes possession of the space.  By focussing on the spatial quality of light, SPUNK makes a  reading of the building and its surroundings.

The light in the room appears as a transition between the internal and external space of the building, in the force-field between room and external world.  The light apertures in the building act as points of contact between room and nature, but are also a symbolic meeting point between art and Man.

Each performer chooses a place in which to perform solo.  The sound of the four concerts will remain on site after the performance as traces only, whist images from the performances are projected into the concert space.  Alongside projected images of nature, and of the building seen through selected windows surfaces, these images will create a subjective visual representation of the art centre, which merges with that of the concert.  The room itself is customised by SPUNK with reflective panels and transparent layers, so that the fragments of film from the site are multiplied and overlapped.  This creates a spatial ambiguity -  not unlike that represented by windows themselves -, and a feeling of being engulfed by both the room and the sound.

SPUNK’s improvisation takes place ‘in the moment’, but at the same time the music creates a sense that this moment can expand, through its inextricable link to the space in which it takes place, as well as the time-span across which LYS has been developed.

(English translation by Alwynne Pritchard.)

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