27.10.2018  •  Art NEWS

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GoSee Tip : Ganzfeld 'Aural' – an immersive light installation by James Turrell on display in the garden of the Jewish Museum in Berlin takes us to the limits of our perception

"At UPDATE, we saw so much photography all day that we literally needed coffee beans to neutralize our eyes. So we saw the James Turrell exhibition in Berlin the next day, and it was a really special experience. The light installation took us to the limits of our perception. Upon entering the room, it dissolved into a dream-like experience. Surely, everyone sees something different in the installation. For us, the light seemed like a foggy snow field, but that could also be due to the icy autumn wind. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos indoors, but of course that didn't keep us from producing a bit of artwork. The photos outdoors were taken in the Museum Garden by AGNIESZKA DOROSZEWICZ," Julia Obermeyer and Antje List from BMW DESIGN tell GoSee.

In a temporary building in the Museum Garden, Jewish Museum Berlin is presenting the immersive installation Ganzfeld 'Aural' by artist and light sculptor James Turrell thru September 2019. The installation is part of the Ganzfeld Pieces series, in which Turrell creates liminal zones of perception. Upon entering the Ganzfeld “Aural” installation, visitors are immersed in a space that reveals neither its light source nor its dimensions. Their eyes lose their frame of reference; their gaze is unleashed. Light, color, and space melt together.

Light is a central symbol in Judaism that connects the beginning and the end of creation. The works of James Turrell can be considered as some of the most spectacular artistic interpretations of the creation of light. James Turrell (* 1943, Los Angeles) is one of the key figures in contemporary art. For more than fifty years now, he has focused his artistic efforts on exploring how we perceive light. He has investigated the self-awareness of our various senses, conscious and unconscious modes of seeing, and the emotional quality of our feeling for light, space, and time.

 
Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

 
Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

 
Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

 
Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

 
Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

 
Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)

Ganzfeld "Aural": An Installation by James Turrell (12 April 2018 to 30 September 2019)