6th August 2014
Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, SW1P 3JA
I suppose it’s slightly ironic that here we have a piece by Ryoji Ikeda, one of the world’s leading minimalist sound and light artists who employs all the latest in modern technology in his work, & all I can find to photograph it is a seriously out of date roll of film tucked away in the back of a drawer. Amazed I got anything out of it, to be honest.
So this is ‘Spectra’ – an extraordinary beam of light pointing straight up to the sky and visible for miles, with simple electronic sounds accompanying the installation to create an ethereal atmosphere for those enjoying the event close up.
Curated by Artantel and placed next to the Houses of Parliament as part of the commemorations of 100 years since the beginning of WWI (although not specifically commissioned for the event – ‘Spectra’ has been presented in different parts of the world on various occasions over the previous ten years), almost the whole of Westminster (and much of the country) turned their lights off for a period on the 4th to mark the centenary.
The installation spent a week in London & on the final night it tipped it down, which made for an interesting experience for those lucky to be there.
Luckily the piece wasn’t called ‘Spectre’, as there would have been the temptation to link the theme tune of the eponymous action movie. Instead, I leave you with this catchy little tune by the artist himself (well, it was either that or this…)