The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain
By Andreas Schlegel and Hazel Lim-Schlegel
Japanisches Palais, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
Sept 2021 - Apr 2022
The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain produced for the SKD Museum is adapted from its original presentation for Children Biennale 2019 in Singapore. Due to Covid restrictions, we have adapted several components of the original installation into a multi-screen-based work to reflect the ideas of intangibility/tangibility and teases with the viewers’ perception of space and time in an enlarged space within the museum.
Responding to the theme of Embracing Nature, the overall installation depicts a drawing composition, akin to an abstracted landscape or terrain with a cacophonous array of colours, forms, depth and textures. The design of the space and the placement of objects evoke and remind one of familiar earthly terrains, but could also signify strange and uncanny landscapes and sounds with extra-terrestrial origins. The artists will collect and transform the images and sounds from their hikes, as well as from internet resources of space voyages and space crafts. For the interaction aspect of the installation, the cameras capture movements and gestures from visitors which will then be transformed by the software into a series of distortions and alterations of forms and colours, effectively creating a visual echo chamber of sorts on the screens.
This space comes alive and engages the audience on a sensory adventure - one that enlivens this room with oddly familiar and mysterious forms, sounds, colours and movements.
View the first edition of The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain presented in National Gallery Singapore for the Children Biennale 2019 here:
Photo credit: SKD Museum