Robert Seidel (Obsidian)
Marija Avramovic und Sam Twidale (Sunshoer/Sunbeam)
Meisterklasse Michael Riedel (Turned Off)
Philipp Geist (Ariadnes Nacht)
Cornelia Groß, Jutta Hilscher, Ilona Metscher, Matthias Portis, Annette Scholz (Mission Romantica)
Many Luminale participants have dedicated themselves to the thematic focus "Digital Romantic" and have developed location- and theme-related artworks for this year's Biennale for Light Art and Urban Design. Their works show that light art can not only change surfaces, but also unfolds its effect subcutaneously - by creating other places, presenting new levels of significance, opening perspectives and revealing layers of meaning that were previously hidden. They challenge us to explore whether light can also create places beyond the real world, which we currently find obscure, demanding and often overwhelming. Five artists present their works.
Overview of all events of the theme day on 14.03.20: Digital Romantic
Robert Seidel (Obsidian) has created a large-format façade projection for the German Romantik-Museum, currently under construction. Inspired by the extensive archives of the Freie Deutsches Hochstift (Goethe Museum) the museum's patron, and their manuscripts, drafts, first editions, prints and drawings collected over the past hundred years, "Obsidian" captures the artist's wandering gaze as explorer and creator, creating something unseen from an exuberant wealth of sources.
A film icon is transported into the age of gaming and augmented reality. In their work, the artist duo refers to an episode from the film "Dreams" by Japanese cult director Akira Kurosawa, in which a boy watches a fox's wedding in the forest. The belief that nature has a soul is a deeply romantic phenomenon.
During the Luminale 2020, St. Antony's Church will be turned into a place of art. The works will be shown in the otherwise little-used or even inaccessible ancillary rooms, apart from a performance that will take place in the nave. The exhibition explicitly spotlights "unplaces", while the rest of the church remains in the dark. This transformation is announced by the illuminated sign "Turned Off, the exhibition's title. Paradoxically, darkness without light is difficult to depict. This is true even of Malevich's black square, in which the black surface is also contrasted by a thick white border.
Philipp Geist has created an enchanting place of romanticism between Bethmann's Pavilion (nowadays Le Panther, formerly Odeon) and Bethmann's Pond, which brings the jewel of classicism and former city landmark back into the public eye.
Climate change has made the earth uninhabitable. The crew of the spaceship "OFS Bettina" has chosen the planet "Romantica" as their new home. The studio house B71 in Offenbach is looking for fellow travellers, because the journey will take 35 years. Who would one take along on the journey?