Christian Moeller: Heaven: a fluorescent light installation
11 February - 12 March 2005
Frederieke Taylor gallery Opening reception and Book signing: Friday, February 11, 6-8pm. Frederieke Taylor Gallery is pleased to present “Heaven”, light installations by artist Christian Moeller. Originally from Germany, now working and teaching in Los Angeles, Moeller occupies an important position in the international media art world. Since the early nineties, Moeller has been using new technologies to create interactive, artistic and architectural interventions, often temporary in nature and usually in public spaces.
Some of Moeller's pioneering projects in the last decade are "Audio Grove," first shown in Tokyo, 1997, "Voice of the People," shown in Frankfurt/Main in 1998, and a related concept for the Reichstag in Berlin, realized in 2000 in London, as well as "The Tower of Babel," exhibited in Graz in 2003. These installations involve touch sensitive elements that create actual sounds and language as well as vibrations communicating information or bits of music when manipulated by the spectators. Within the "Bitwall series" for projects like "Elbe" and "Bielefeld", as well as for freeway systems in Germany and the United States, Moeller created systems of pixels for facades and perimeters which function both as an architectonic surface and image carriers.
Moeller writes about his work: "I deploy moving images at an architectural scale, and they create events, times and places in which sensation itself is the content. This inevitably creates a strategy of mediation, by no means unique to contemporary design and its media. Even the most 'technical' of the projects is not about technology itself, but about people, their ability to manipulate and be manipulated by their environment." Moeller's exploration of the beauty of these transitory conditions may be, paradoxically, the lasting achievement of his design practice.
At the opening on Friday, February 11, there will be a book signing event with the artist, of A Time and Place, Christian Moeller Media Architecture 1990-2003, Lars Muller publishers, 2004, distributed by D.A.P.