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Scalar is a mathematic concept defined as an element of a field which is used to define a vector space. A quantity described by multiple scalars, such as having both direction and magnitude, is called a vector.
SKALAR — German voice for scalar — is the name of the light and sound art installation by Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray at Kraftwerk Berlin and it has both visual magnitude and direction, the light lies, faces, or moves, with reference to the region toward which it is directed in order to explore the complex impact of light and sound on human perception. The large-scale art installation was opened during the CTM 2018 Festival Turmoil edition and it can be visited till February, 25.
The former power plant, Kraftwerk Berlin, hosts this audio-visual narration of radiant light vector drawings and multi-dimensional sound inside this pitch-dark industrial space. SKALAR is an impressive light and sound sculpture, fully immersing the audience into a spectral experience. It measures 45 meters in length, 20 meters in width, and 10 meters in height, the generative luminous structure encompasses a perfectly synchronous interplay of an array of 65 motorized kinetic mirrors, 90 perfectly synchronized moving lights, and a sophisticated multichannel sound system — elevating creative possibilities to a whole new level.
SKALAR is a central piece of light artist Christopher Bauder’s body of work. Light and darkness as endless cycles of day and night define our perception of time and influence our emotions. Here, light is treated as a solid material that can be sculpted and shaped to architectural dimensions, evoking abstract emotional associations. Musician and composer David Letellier, aka Kangding Ray, brings the sound experience to the artwork with his tireless exploration of textures, rhythm, and sound design, the silence of darkness is filled with iridescent formations of spatial light and sound.
Christopher Bauder works in the fields of light and installation art and focuses on the translation of bits and bytes into objects and environments, and vice versa whilst Kangding Ray explores the convergence between techno and experimental in a very successful way. He is a meticulous and constant developer of sound design; his releases are also based on serious conceptual work.
SKALAR is a high-tech cross-media art installation that could not be possible without the technical expertise and high-performance precision machines: engines and sophisticated moving light technology, however, it immerses the human viewer in a kind of semi-hypnotic state.
SKALAR, exhibition until 25.02.2018 at Kraftwerk Berlin
Text: María Muñoz
Photos: Paco Neumann