18 February 2010

A Shape of the World (fireworks)

Hideki Mathumoto

The Barbican Art Gallery, London
18 February 2010, 9:30pm

Part of Architectural Playgrounds, an evening of installations and live performances curated by Vanessa Carlos and Charlotte Appleyard for the exhibition Ron Arad: Restless.

Hideki Mathumoto, A Shape of the World (fireworks)
light, sound, posters
Architect Berhard Tschumi conceived a mirror image of the landscaped Parc de la Villette in Paris as a firework display in the sky above. He described fireworks as "the greatest architecture of all", created for pure pleasure and gratuitous consumption. In this piece, sound and light created a firework display within a building, using the surrounding architecture of the Barbican Art Gallery to replace the night sky. This sound and light display is accompanied by a poster, available to take away, mapping the annual occurrence of fireworks around the globe, connecting annual festivals and celebrations as a continuous, looping trail.