ISEA 2016 – Open Sky Gallery – Berlin Calling

I was honored to be among the official selection for the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Hong Kong for the Open Sky Gallery Project. The video is shown for one month on the facade of the ICC tower, a 500m tall building in the heart of Hong Kong city.
The video is a collaborative effort of myself Marcel Schwittlick and Thomas Heidtmann.

The piece with the title “Berlin Calling” is a video that was created by Marcel Schwittlick and Thomas Heidtmann dedicated to the ISEA 2016 Open Call for the Open Sky Gallery. The work consists of three sections which symbolize the creation of connections.

At first, two poles strive to engage, connect each other via initial sparks. While these sparks and connection lightning increase in number, a surface emerges, creating space for a layer of figurative communication.

The Berlin TV Tower, the unofficial symbol of Berlin’s non-existent skyline, broadcasting the message “Hi” in morse code over the three sides of the ICC Tower in Hong Kong City. After this interlude, a number of nodes appear, establish into a network and develop a momentum of movement, exchange and interconnection.

The art piece is an invitation for communication—between people, cities and artists. It is intended to bring a message from Berlin to Hong Kong and eventually, to extend a form of messaging across other cities around the globe.

Curator: Maurice Benayoun
Jury Members: Caroline Ha Thuc, Christiane Paul, Doo Eun Choi, Ellen Pau, Jeffrey Shaw, Li Zhenhua, Maurice Benayoun, Nina Colosi, Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Tony W M Tang
- Hong Kong, China

Many thanks to the Goethe Institute in Hong Kong for supporting this.

2016-03-22 15_25_28-ISEA2016_facade_testrecording01.mp4 - VLC media player

2016-03-22 15_25_43-ISEA2016_facade_testrecording01.mp4 - VLC media player

2016-03-22 15_25_04-ISEA2016_facade_testrecording01.mp4 - VLC media player

2016-04-30 15_13_16-ISEA2016-ICC_tower_testrun_02

Some features from newspapers:

http://www.monopol-magazin.de/berliner-fernsehturm-als-installation-wolkenkratzer-hongkong

http://www.rbb-online.de/kultur/beitrag/2016/05/berlin-calling-fernsehturm-hochhaus-hongkong.html

http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/-berlin-calling–fernsehturm-zieht-nach-hongkong-24026980

http://www.berlin.de/aktuelles/berlin/4406602-958092-berliner-fernsehturm-als-installation-in.html

http://www.focus.de/regional/berlin/museen-berliner-fernsehturm-als-installation-in-hongkong_id_5513601.html

http://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/article207543385/Warum-der-Fernsehturm-bald-in-Hongkong-zu-sehen-ist.html

http://www.bz-berlin.de/kultur/mehr-kultur/berliner-fernsehturm-als-kunstprojekt-in-hongkong