Lichtstadt Feldkirch has found an exciting extension in the new Spotlight format. Every two years, alternating with the biennial light art festival, we focus on an artist or an artist group and invite them to realize a project in public space.
NEON GOLDEN, Miriam Prantl and David Reumüller designed new projects for the first edition of Spotlight in autumn 2020.
In her new installation “Aquamarin”, the Vorarlberg artist Miriam Prantl fills the glass body of the “art box” with sea water. Inside, it flows into seemingly endless heights and depths, and pushes out through the panes onto the square.
Not a single drop is wasted: on the contrary, this poetic, sensual connection between space, time and ourselves celebrates playing with illusion. Through the interplay of projection, fog and reflective surfaces, the artist stages a light space, atmospherically underlain by a soundtrack made up of keyboard tracks and sound samples. As daylight decreases, the display case gains in radiance and the flowing water develops a dream-like suction effect. Ritual uses of purifying water have always been means of plumbing the invisible, incomprehensible and yet all-guiding subconscious – our inner motor. If we let ourselves become involved in this play, a fantastic exit from everyday life lies in store for us.
In his installations, photographs and paintings, and in the connection between these different media, David Reumüller deals intensively with the various forms of reality and perception that underlie the becoming of human reality. This may not show itself at first glance, but the abstract images arise from real situations, real people, objects and actions. A pattern may be borrowed from a curtain fabric in a medium-sized 1970s flat. Placed over a body, it transforms and abstracts it. Something new emerges, a kind of ornamental landscape. A mysterious place having cultural and historical connotations that tell us a new story about nothing less than ourselves.
An almost five-metres high “PORTAL” leads to another sphere. To enter physically is not only impossible but also unnecessary. The immersive effect is able to replace your own present with another, digital reality. The Austrian artist collective NEON GOLDEN develops this abstract dimensional leap in a finely choreographed, fascinating and overwhelming interplay of light effects and sound so as to send our senses on a journey into a new world of seeing and feeling.