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Exhibitions

John M. Armleder, Sans Titre, 2006. Installation in situ, 24 boules à facettes, 48 spots directionnels. © Rémi Villaggi.

Carsten Höller, Y, 2003. Installation in situ, ampoules, aluminium, miroir, bois, câble, transformateur. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienne. © Rémi Villaggi.

Hsia-Fei Chang, Urumqi, 2006. Installation in situ, planches en acrylique, néons, ampoules de couleur. © Rémi Villaggi.

8.12.2006 — 25.2.2007

ON/OFF

artist(s): John Armleder, Lilian Bourgeat, Hsia-Fei Chang, Jacques Charlier, Christian H. Cordes, Simone Decker, Jean-Jacques Dumont, Carsten Höller, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Peter Kogler, Mischa Kuball, Ruth Schnell, Marie Sester, Michel Verjux, Tobias Rehberger
curator(s): Béatrice Josse, Enrico Lunghi, Ralph Melcher

The ON/OFF show is about optical, spatial and sensory uses of electric lighting in contemporary art.  From alternative uses of the electric light bulb to sophisticated projection devices and discreet and subtle light installations, it covers the cast field of possible approaches and areas currently being explored by artists, including the creation of fairytale worlds, an evocation of disturbing situations, the transformation of the physical properties of electromagnetic waves into magical visions or the diversion of its basic lighting possibilities. The show is in three separate but parallel parts, each institution presenting its own slant on this question with its own choice of artists.

Thus Frac Lorraine will be playing more especially on the register of perception, fiction and sensation with particular reference to the «off» side, the dark side of light, its absence, semidarkness and its strange dimension. Casino Luxembourg will be using its spaces to offer moving light projects; also three artists have been invited to work outdoors, more specifically on the three large bridges across the valleys in downtown Luxembourg City. Meanwhile the Saarlandmuseum will be looking into the interaction of light and space by inviting five artists to produce site-specific works.

ON/OFF at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain 

Casino Luxembourg will be housing some fifteen works of light in movement, some of which have been designed specially for the occasion, works to transform the building into a bright jewel-case, a field of intense and yet somehow disturbing artistic radiation (works by John Armleder, Lilian Bourgeat, Hsia-Fei Chang, Jacques Charlier, Christian Cordes, Simone Decker, Jean-Jacques Dumont, Carsten Höller, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Peter Kogler, Mischa Kuball, Ruth Schnell, Marie Sester, Michel Verjux).

However, ON/OFF will also be taking over three major civil engineering structures in Luxembourg City: the Viaduct will be draped in festive garb thought up by Mischa Kuball, the Pont Adolphe is to be geometrically illuminated by Michel Verjux while the majestic Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte is to be reproduced in miniature and shine - but only visible as a night photograph with flash- thanks to an astute intervention by Simone Decker.

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In collaboration with Frac Lorraine et le Saarlandmuseum.

images

John M. Armleder, Sans Titre, 2006. Installation in situ, 24 boules à facettes, 48 spots directionnels. © Rémi Villaggi.

Carsten Höller, Y, 2003. Installation in situ, ampoules, aluminium, miroir, bois, câble, transformateur. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienne. © Rémi Villaggi.

Hsia-Fei Chang, Urumqi, 2006. Installation in situ, planches en acrylique, néons, ampoules de couleur. © Rémi Villaggi.

Marie Sester, ACCESS, 2001-2003. Installation in situ, ordinateurs, caméras, projecteur automatique, faisceau acoustique automatique, Internet, transmission en temps réel, logiciel, variable. © Rémi Villaggi.

Michel Verjux, Aux deux flancs du pont, 2006. Installation in situ, projection lumineuse. © Rémi Villaggi.

Simone Decker, Instant, 2006. Installation in situ. © Rémi Villaggi.