The technical team has just finished installing Jeppe Hein’s ingenious Invisible Labyrinth. For an invisible artwork, there’s a lot of visible gear – industrial struts stretch across the gallery’s 6 metre-high ceiling, supporting a grid of infra-red transmitters that beam signals down to the digital headphones that you wear to enter the piece. But when you’re ‘in’ it and the headphones are murmuring their vibrations in your ear, it’s a mind-boggling, wondrously disorienting experience of bumping into unseen walls and trying to ‘feel’ your way through a space you cannot see (and adding to its eeriness, one of seven different labyrinths is based on the one in the movie The Shining).
Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957 – 2012
12 June – 5 August 2012
Invisible Art brings together works from the past half century that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. The exhibition includes work by some of the most important artists of our time as well as younger artists who have expanded on their legacy.
From the amusing to the philosophical, there are works you can observe and others you can take part in, such as Jeppe Hein’s Invisible Labyrinth. From Yves Klein’s utopian plans for an ‘architecture of air’ to Robert Barry’s Energy Field (AM 130 KHz) from 1968 – which encourages a heightened awareness of the physical context of the gallery- this exhibition span diverse aesthetic practices and concerns.
Many of the works in Invisible seek to direct our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art. Other works invoke invisibility to underscore the limits of our perceptual capacities or to emphasize the role of our imagination in responding to works of art. Some use invisibility as a metaphor that relates to the suppression of information or the political disappearance and marginalization of social groups.
Artists in the exhibition include Art & Language, Robert Barry, Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Maurizio Cattelan, Jay Chung, Song Dong, Tom Friedman, Carsten Höller, Tehching Hsieh, Bruno Jakob, Yves Klein, Lai Chih-Sheng, Glenn Ligon, Teresa Margolles, Gianni Motti, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol.
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