“Shift”, a new media exhibit delights the senses through the right combination of sound and vision.
The exhibit created by Chicago-based collaborative Luftwerk, whose previous projects include the colorful Luminous Field at Chicago’s Cloud City in 2012, aims to explore the basic relationship between color and light through a splendid display of sights and sounds. “Shift,” which is being exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center until January 5, 2014, and is free of charge, is able to amplify a heightened experience of sight, color, and sound through the medium of projected light.
The exhibit is split into three very different stages set in different rooms; Spectrum, Synthesis, and Threshold. Each of these rooms aims to give the audience a very different experience from the one before.
Going from room to room, one can’t help to become part of the exhibit itself by colorfully blending into the sensory overloading panorama formed by an extreme spectrum of light and colors.
“Shift” is driven by Luftwerk’s interest in determining how the human eye perceives color through the shift between light and dark. This exhibit manages to do that by pulling the viewer into a surreal experience, which often invocates different feelings and emotions ranging from awe to gloom as one transitions through narrow white hallways between rooms.
From the gleeful saturation of color and the peaceful serenity of light and shadow from the first two rooms, to the darkness created by the absence of such elements in the last one, “Shift” can give each viewer a different experience every time.
The new media exhibit is based on some very basic principles but the delivery method is far from it.
Carefully researched and crafted by the artist collaborative, the exhibit borrows inspiration from previous works created by renowned artists such as Josef Albers, Johannes Itten, and Wolfgang Von Goethe.
The simplicity of the exhibit successfully delivers a complex experience to the viewers by making them emerge into the abstract concept of sound and vision through the perfect combination of light and sound.
“Shift” delivers a delightful experience without all the bells and whistles, and that is ultimately what art is all about.