Drift, Fragile Future, 2014, Photo: Courtesy of Drift

Large fabric flowers fall, unfold magnificently and close again; dandelion seeds glow and points of light imitate the flight behaviour of birds. To mark the fifth birthday of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall, the artist duo Drift will present their most extensive show ever in Germany at Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. From 7 January to 8 May 2022, the duo will transform the museum into an experience space for the senses with three kinetic sculptures on 350 square metres under the title “Moments of Connection“.

The light sculpture “Shylight” welcomes visitors to Moments of Connection in the museum’s main staircase, which extends over two floors, with a moving still life of luminous silk blossoms that come into being and pass away. The light sculpture “Fragile Future III” consists of real dandelion seeds that are picked by hand and reassembled piece by piece around individual LED lights and interconnected in circuits made of copper. The third installation, “In 20 Steps”, is described as a tribute to man’s dream of being able to fly and overcome his earthly limitations. For this purpose, 20 delicate pairs of glass wings reenact the process of flying above the heads of the visitors. Synchronised by computer, it is suggested that one perceives the beating of a bird’s wings in slow motion.

Lonneke Gordijn (born 1980) and Ralph Nauta (born 1978), who both studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, have formed the artist duo Drift since 2007. Together with a multidisciplinary team, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances. They have exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Venice Art Biennale. Parallel to the exhibition, Drift, in close coordination with the MK&G, was commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to develop a performative artwork that would illuminate the exterior of the concert hall in a new light, making reference to its surroundings and the music playing inside.

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