Warping Halos- from children of the light
The performative installation combines light, colour, sound and elemental geometric forms creating a profound transcendental experience for the viewer.
The work is inspired by the duo’s research into the halo – the natural phenomenon of circle of white or coloured light that can form around a luminous object - caused by the refraction through ice crystals in the atmosphere. In the iconography of many cultures halos represent a worldly manifestation of spiritual energy and of an underlying divine order in the universe.
The physical element of the work comprises a large motorized, illuminated ring, suspended from the ceiling that revolves in the space. This elemental geometric form, science-fiction like in appearance, is accompanied by light and sound that periodically fills the perception of the viewers.
The light emitted by the ring changes during the performance, in colour and in solidity, occasionally pulsing and flashing. At times the effect of the light seems to turn the ring into a solid disc, floating and rotating in space or a portal into another world. This ethereal quality is heightened still further by the rich and atmospheric soundscape created by producer Huerco S. inspired by the harmonic resonances of colours. Live singing by soprano Brigitte van Hagen completes the installation.
Characteristically of their work, Warping Halos comprises an interplay between perception and reality, presence and absence, generating in the viewer that sense of wonder that is so rare in the modern world.