FLOW/ Im Fluss by Luftwerk
September 17-20, 2014
Location: 171 N. Dearborn in Couch Place Alley, Chicago.
A site-specific light installation celebrating the 20th anniversary of the sister cities Chicago and Hamburg. Presented by Luftwerk, a collaborative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Musical performance by Birgit Ulher. The installation was made possible with the support of Goethe-Institute Chicago and Chicago Loop Alliance [CLA], in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC].
Just a few days back, on September 8, 2014, I had visited the Luftwerk Studio, click here..
2014: FLOW / Im Fluss by Luftwerk
Few days back, I had visited the studio of Luftwerk to understand what’s its all about. Luftwerk is derived from German looft + wurk [air + work]. It is a collaborative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. They create art installations that combine the visual elements of light and projected video with the sculptural facets of architecture and design. Although Luftwerk was created in 2007, they have been collaborating since the year 2000.
The latest installation FLOW/ Im Fluss was to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sister Cities Chicago and Hamburg. It was made possible by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and Chicago Loop Alliance [CLA], in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC].
The spectacular light show was video projections on water-screen [droplets of water in the air]. It was inspired by the element of water and its all-encompassing connectivity. The video projections was inspired by the characteristics of the Chicago River and Hamburg’s River Elbe. It was based on scientifically collected measurements like oxygen levels, currents, contamination, and chemical compounds.
Musical performance was by Birgit Ulher, which included traces for trumpet, radio, speaker, objects and tape.
There was also performance by Nathanael Card.
FLOW/Im Fluss was made possible by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and Chicago Loop Alliance [CLA], in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC].
The Goethe-Institut Chicago organizes and supports a broad spectrum of cultural events, among them the awarding of the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize. Along with being a focal point for the Institut’s work promoting German literature in translation, it also serves as a bridge to the American publishing industry.
Chicago Loop Alliance [CLA] creates, manages and promotes high-performing urban experiences, attracting people and investment to the Chicago Loop and develops artistic, cultural, and public events that benefit stakeholders within the CLA service area. Activating alley spaces in Chicago through a monthly series of site-specific, creative-driven, public experiences creates a forum for the exchange of ideas and innovative solutions within our community. Activations host projects curated from the local arts community, which challenge the public perception of urban space through a profound re-imaging. This helps create a meaningful urban experience while expanding the notion of what a managed space is capable of becoming.
The Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC] is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, and Beijing.