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French visual artist Guillaume Marmin echoes near-death experiences, creating a “tunnel of light” opening up beyond the darkness. Launch event Friday 1st March 2019 5.30pm.

“Licht, mehr Licht!”, or “Light, more light!” in English, were the great German author and scientific thinker Goethe’s dying words. The installation, created and developed by’ French visual artist Guillaume Marmin, echoes near-death experiences, whose survivors describe a “tunnel of light” opening up beyond the darkness.

In “Licht, Mehr Licht!”, said darkness is penetrated by beams of light in perpetual motion that sketch out hypnotic geometric shapes, transforming space into a living entity. The work gives form to the intangible, unveiling the beauty of the unseen and the mathematical foundations of reality. The installation explores the explores the links between light, sound and space and the effects of light on our sensations. The synaesthetic relationship generated between light and sound transforms our perception of speed as it stretches and shrinks space and time around us.

This project was created with the composer Philippe Gordiani and the pianist Eve Risser (White Desert Orchestra and Donkey Monkey). Based on a minimalist sonic palette and focused on spatialisation, the musicians worked with the artist to create a hypnotic and captivating universe where chaos and harmony struggle for mastery.

Presented as part of Submerge, Bristol’s International Digital Arts Festival.

Please note that Licht, Mehr Licht includes use of a smoke machine, flashing lights and extreme darkness. 

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Monday: 11am-6pm

Tuesday-Friday: 11am-8pm

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