THRU, AN EXPERIMENTAL INSTALLATION CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH LIGHTING AND FURNITURE ATELIER AQUA CREATIONS.
Commissioned by lighting specialist TEPTA to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Thru is part of “Day, Light, Night”, the first exhibition in Turkey to focus exclusively on lighting, showcasing nine different artworks and installations, curated by leading lighting designer Ulrike Brandi.
Thru concentrates the senses on the visual and reflective aspects, encouraging visitors to experience numerous perspectives through shifting streams of altering light and reflections. Designed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects as a compact 3.5 x 4.5m cube with 17 mirrored and 10 translucent silk panels hanging suspended and fractured throughout the space as though floating – Thru is a labyrinth to walk within and through. On entry, the main source of illumination emanates from the Aqua Creation pendant-like ‘Lucky Lamp’ at the centre of the installation which projects images from NASA explicitly focused on the theme “Day, Light, Night”. The illuminations propel the viewer deeper inwards while light diffuses through the slits between the panels and reflects up from the glazed floor. Seeking a playfully intense experience viewers are welcome to immerse themselves in the created daylight.
Inspired by the reflective capacity of a mirror to create numerous perspectives, Tabanlıoğlu Architects intends Thru to capture the viewer’s imagination via a mix of visual play, reflection and diffusion. Every step taken into Thru conveys a new surprise, with coincidental images illustrating the paradoxical narrative of “Day, Light, Night”, i.e. left becomes right, one becomes many. The silk fabrics of Aqua Creations, wrapped around the slight panelled frames materialize the wall of serenity while at the same time imposing a mildly lit atmosphere with a translucent glow.
About “Day, Light, Night “exhibition
TEPTA has organised a special light exhibition in honour of its 25th anniversary. The exhibition, at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, will run through January 22, 2017.
The exhibition is organised to remark the importance of light in daily life and architecture. Invited artists, designers and architects apply their interpretations of natural light, by not imitating it but taking inspiration from it. Nine different installations and artworks take part in the exhibition, besides a two-day movie program and talk sessions on light and architecture.
The exhibition is organised with the patronage of the Consulate General of Italia in İstanbul. The exhibition venue is provided by the İstanbul Modern Museum.