The New Infinity on show at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium

The New Infinity

Press release from 14 July 2021

With Actress & Actual Objects, Agnieszka Polska, Florence To & Bendik Giske & Bridget Ferrill, Bill Ham & Kara-Lis Coverdale, Emeka Ogboh, John Whitney, Lucas Gutierrez & Robert Lippok, Theo Triantafyllidis & Sun Araw among others

As part of Berlin Art Week, the fourth edition of “The New Infinity” will take place at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium from 17 to 19 September 2021, transforming the space into a gallery of the future. The planetarium is an immersive space for contemporary art with a large projection screen and 360-degree surround sound, making it a unique venue for the Berliner Festspiele's program series and the artists' commissioned works. The works presented this weekend interweave audiovisual performances, Fulldome world premieres and adaptations of installations and classic avant-garde films for a dome format.

Together with the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin, “The New Infinity” presents the world premieres of “Grey Interiors”, a post-industrial symphony by British musician Darren J. Cunningham aka Actress and the artist collective Actual Objects. “SPIN”, a sound sculpture by Lucas Gutierrez & Robert Lippok, features two rotating bodies at its centre, between which ever-changing sound fields unfold. “PERSPICUS”, the world premiere of an audio-visual show by Florence To & Bendik Giske & Bridget Ferrill takes on new forms and perspectives in its three-part composition, both sonically and architecturally, arising constantly from the breath flows of the artists.

The “Visual Music” programme track, which features historical avant-garde films by visual artists adapted for the dome space, will present two psychedelic light paintings by light artist Bill Ham, both scored by Canadian composer Kara-Lis Coverdale, as well as a previously unpublished work by computer graphics pioneer John Whitney. These new adaptations are complemented by the meditative colour symphonies of American light artist Thomas Wilfred, whose Lumia instruments establish a new art form at the intersection of technology and modern art.

Emeka Ogboh, whose work “Ámà: The Gathering Place” is on display in the atrium of Gropius Bau, has adapted for the planetarium his celebrated multi-channel sound installation “The Way Earthly Things Are Going”, which the artist conceived for documenta 14 in Athens. Also invited are the Greek digital artist Theo Triantafyllidis and American experimental musician Sun Araw with their fulldome work "VHW7", that explores the eponymous planetoid as a galactic sculpture. And we show a revival of David OReilly’s touching Corona collage “The End of Stories”, which presents 37 audible stories of anonymous callers about their individual experience with the pandemic.

The detailed program will be announced in August on the website of Berliner Festspiele.
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