Dense urban living space, dramatic illumination of buildings, street lighting, and industry – these factors all make it difficult to experience the night as such. The night is getting brighter. To be able to observe the night sky as the inspiration it used to be for the artists of the Romantic period, one must seek out the remotest corners of Germany. On the other hand, the illuminated night is also a symbol of modern romanticism. With its buildings illuminated to great effect, the Frankfurt night sky is one of the brightest in Germany. Touching Night Skies creates a space at a specific location (>> 50°06'44 "N 8°40'36 "E) where the focus is directed towards the night sky. What does darkness mean in this city, for me? What is left of the firmament? Where are the stars? What is the bright night doing to me?
Touching Night Skies is a temporary structure at the Roßmarkt. The visitor enters an intensely black corridor, an ambiguous place that offers an especially physical experience. After a few steps into the installation, the city is no longer visible to the left or right - darkness has enveloped the visitor. Immersed in a black sea, only the bright night sky remains. It is simultaneously dark and light.
A particular focus of Tobias Ziegler's artistic activity is the question of how the perception of a person's individual environment changes in a rapidly developing media world. His multimodal space-light installations take people to the limits of their perception, exploring their awareness of their relationship to their environment. Who influences whom? His works have been exhibited in Montréal and at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, among other places.