On Balancing (2012)
an installation of performative, optical solar trackers looking for the Sun, made by Ellen Røed and Christian Blom for the Borealis festival in Bergen .
The piece was an installation that underwent continuous transitions inflicted upon it by changes in the natural and cultural environment surrounding the gallery ROM8. A series of ambient transitions were going on inside and outside the space: changes of light, the rhythms of passing cars, their headlights creating moving elements of light within the space, sound moving from inside to outside and vica versa, as well as projections that appeared and disappeared with the ambient light. All these elements were continually transforming the appearance, and the installation thus went through changes without anything being intentionally changed by someone.
At the centre, a group of kinetic sculptures were trying to tune themselves according to a fixed point of reference that was actually not there; the sun. The exhibition opened at 4 pm, when the room was filled with natural daylight but just before it would start fading. In daylight, the appearance of the exhibition was in accordance with an exhibition displaying a handful of kinetic sculptures as contemporary art.
As daylight faded video projections and light elements would gradually appear and transform the exhibition into a carefully lit, staged and choreographed automated performance.
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