If you know or follow anyone in Berlin on Instagram, you would no doubt recently have seen more than your share of pictures from SKALAR. The installation is attracting a constant stream of admiring crowds and it’s easy to see why. This large scale work from light artist Christopher Bauder, in collaboration with musician Kangding Ray transfixes its audiences in a mesmerising display of light and sound.
There could not be a more fitting venue for the work than Berlin’s epic former power plant Kraftwerk. The Berlin Wall era structure has had numerous incarnations in its post industrial life, including techno club and now cultural events venue. The installation is part of the CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art, which started in 1999 and will celebrate 20 years next year.
SKALAR explores the impact of light and sound on human emotion and perception by sculpting abstract forms and creating architectural style structures, with light as the raw material and sound as the fluid overlay that supports it. Bauder’s lighting structures and design explore the cycles of day becoming night becoming day and so on, interwoven with Ray’s compositions which add texture and emotion to the work.
The multilayered experience exists in 10 metre high space occupying 45 metres by 20 metres and populated with motorised mirrors, almost a hundred moving lights and a multichannel sound system. SKALAR is a shared collaboration between Bauder, Ray, art and design studio WHITEvoid, KINETIC LIGHTS and ROBE lighting. SKALAR closes this Sunday so get in fast while you still can! Opening hours are 3pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday and 1pm to 9pm on Sunday. There are also live performances on the Saturday night at 8pm and 11.30pm and Sunday night at 6pm and 8.30 pm. Ticketing information can be found here online.