ILLUMINATION
CHRISTIAN SKJØDT

 

 

ILLUMINATION

YEAR: 2014
MATERIALS: 100 solar modules, 10 loudspeakers, 10 electronic circuits, 10 acrylic enclosures, 450 m wire
MEASURES: site specific
EXHIBITION HISTORY: SKAN II, Skaņu Mežs, Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia in Riga. July - August 2014

Created specifically for a 18th century wine cellar in the Botanical Garden in Riga, Illumination examines the translation of the outer circumstances, harvesting the energy from the sun, and bringing this into the cellar in the form of sound.

Here the sounds are spatialised, where it investigates the special acoustics of the dome shaped wine cellar. Each system/speaker is tuned to the Concert A (440 Hz) under optimal sunlight conditions, resulting in microtonal cluster-type texture due to the weather conditions and the rotation of the planet.

As Skjødt often works, inspiration from nature serves as crucial quality. Guidelines of natural forces and organisms operate independent from human intentions, while they catalyze and affect the behavior of the sonic architecture itself.

27.07.2014, 11:46-11:50
27.07.2014, 15:17-15:21
27.07.2014, 11:01-11:05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

 

 

Christian Skjødt, Illumination, exhibition view from SKAN II International sound art exhibition in Riga Botanical Garden

SKAN II. Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia in Riga. July 25.2014 - August 24.2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKAN II, International sound art exhibition, Riga 2014

 

About SKAN II

"In 2007, the association for adventurous music and related arts “Skaņu Mežs” organised the first SKAN sound art exhibition with the participation of 12 internationally renowned, as well as local artists, at the erstwhile chicory and pasta factory near Arkādijas Park. Back then, in the context of Latvia’s contemporary cultural scene, SKAN was a unique event, because it was the first time that such a broad exhibition dedicated to the genre of sound art had been held in Riga. Moreover, this fact did not go unnoticed in the international arena, and a favourable review was duly published in the English avant-garde music magazine, THE WIRE.

Seven years later, a follow-up exhibition SKAN II has been included in the official programme of events celebrating Riga 2014 – European Capital of Culture. On this occasion too, the exhibition has attracted outstanding artists from all over the world, for whom sound is at the very epicentre of their creative oeuvre.

In the context of sound art, the space in which the works of art are exhibited is of paramount importance, and is defined by its architectonic, historical, social and acoustic attributes. The work of art unquestionably interacts with the space in which it is aired. With this in mind, the venues chosen for this exhibition are the University of Latvia’s Botanical Garden in Riga, as well as the Kalnciems Quarter Gallery and Pardaugava’s wooden manor houses. The goal of SKAN II is to allow this aesthetic experience to attract not only art lovers, but also chance bypassers.

Works of sound art have the ability to accent a space and transform it into a special event venue. As the main venue for the exhibition, the Botanical Garden will serve as its central axis, in order to also draw attention to the adjoining historical building district of Pardaugava. It brings with it a layer of history and culture, which is worth highlighting, including places like the forgotten Philosophers’ Alley, as well as the old manor houses and wooden buildings such as the Volfschmidt Manor House in the Botanical Garden. Skaņu Mežs is able to accent this urban environment through the material that is the foundation for its creative offering, i.e. sound.
The exhibition will take place in three parts from 30 May to 24 August. It will feature works by a total of 18 artists who represent a broad spectrum of approaches to audio-visual art: Jitske Blom & Thomas Rutgers, Peter Bogers, Aernoudt Jacobs, Signe Lidén, David Helbich, Pascal Broccolichi, Stefan Roigk, RIXC, Anke Eckardt, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Heimo Lattner & Judith Laub, Carl Michael von Hausswolf & Leif Elggren, Evelīna Deičmane, Max Eastley, Voldemārs Johansons, Michael Schumacher, Edwin van der Heide & Jan-Peter Sonntag, and Christian Skjødt."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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