Ganzfeld “Aural”

An Installation by James Turrell

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Exhibition "James Turrell: Aural"

In a temporary structure in the museum garden, we were presenting the immersive installation Ganzfeld “Aural” by the artist James Turrell.

“Aural” was the Berlin premiere of a Ganzfeld by the world’s foremost light sculptor. The installation is part of the Ganzfeld Pieces series, in which Turrell creates liminal zones of experience.

Past exhibition
Where

Museum Garden


Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The Installation

Upon entering the Ganzfeld “Aural” installation, visitors are immersed in a space that reveals neither its light source nor its dimensions. Their eyes lose their frame of reference; their gaze is unleashed. Light, color, and space melt together. The installation’s gradual color shifts are punctuated by flashes of light.

James Turell demands time from his visitors. Our eyes must first adjust before the light’s effect fully unfolds.

Suddenly, we perceive the slightest stimuli and changes. This leads to dreamlike experiences reminiscent of thick fog, expanses of snow, or the dark of night.

A man and a woman stand in a light blue room and look towards a white rectangle on the wall

James Turrell, Ganzfeld “Aural”, 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin, gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, photo: Florian Holzherr

A man and a woman stand in a room flooded with green light

James Turrell, Ganzfeld “Aural”, 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin, gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, photo: Florian Holzherr

Symbolism of light

Light is a central symbol in Judaism linking the beginning and end of creation. James Turrell’s works can be seen as one of the most spectacular artistic interpretations of the creation of light.

Gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz

Ganzfeld “Aural” is the second gift by the devoted collectors Dieter and Si Rosenkranz after the installation Schalechet by Menashe Kadishman.

Supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by a resolution of the German Parliament.

A dark staircase leads towards an empty wall that features a rectangular light field

James Turrell, Ganzfeld “Aural”, 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin, gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, photo: Florian Holzherr

James Turrell

James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles) is one of the key figures in contemporary art. For more than fifty years now, he has focused his artistic efforts on exploring how we perceive light. He has investigated the self-awareness of our various senses, conscious and unconscious modes of seeing, and the emotional quality of our feeling for light, space, and time.

Artist’s website

jamesturrell.com/

Black-and-white portrait photo of James Turrell

James Turrell; photo: Grant Delin

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When

    12 April 2018 to 6 October 2019

  • Opening hours

    April–October: 12–8 pm

  • Where

    Museum Garden
    
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin See location on map

  • Please note

    Please be aware of the sloping edge at the end of the Ganzfeld and follow the instructions of the Museum staff. The installation may only be entered with overshoes. No photos or video allowed.

    Visitors with appropriate predispositions may experience epileptic seizures or hallucinations. Please refrain from a visit if you do not know if you have such a predisposition.

Where

Museum Garden


Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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