SKALAR — Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray

Press Release

SKALAR — Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray

Installation views of SKALAR, courtesy of the Artists and Ralph Larmann.

Library Street Collective and Bedrock Detroit are excited to announce their collaboration with light artist Christopher Bauder and musician Kangding Ray, to bring SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound, a kinetic art installation, to Detroit.

The awe-inspiring visual and sound experience will open parallel to the Movement Electronic Music Festival and further celebrate Detroit's rich history of techno music. This marks the first presentation of SKALAR in the United States, following successful showcases in Berlin, Zurich, Mexico City, Amsterdam, and Riyadh.

SKALAR, located at 1001 Woodward Avenue, delves into the intricate interplay of light and sound on human perception. Through a captivating audio-visual narrative of radiant light vector drawings by Bauder and Ray within a pitch-dark space, viewers are invited to explore a spectrum of emotions—from awe and exhilaration to introspection. This collective yet highly individual emotional journey is facilitated by a mesmerizing choreography of mirrors, light and sound.

Christopher Bauder shared, "SKALAR aims to illuminate the abstract nature of human emotions and our perception of reality. It reminds us that our experiences, though internal, are no less real." Kangding Ray adds, "Through the fusion of light and sound, SKALAR seeks to evoke pure synesthesia, blurring the boundaries between sensory experiences."

The concept of SKALAR is based on Robert Plutchik’s psychoevolutionary theory of eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. The combination of moving mirrors, a changing color palette, and the profound sound of SKALAR triggers sensory and psychological reactions, offering a truly innovative way to experience and feel art.

SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound is presented in collaboration with Library Street Collective and Bedrock Detroit, with production by WHITEvoid and equipment by Kinetic Lights. SKALAR will be open to the public from May 24 to July 28, 2024, at 1001 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. Admission is free.

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