An Installation by Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Beginning on 17 November 2017, the Jewish Museum Berlin will be presenting res·o·nant, a new light and sound installation by the Düsseldorf-based concept artist Mischa Kuball. Across 350 square meters of the Rafael Roth Gallery, in the basement of the Daniel Libeskind building, visitors will traverse a three-dimensional multi-part installation that will also be shown in public spaces in Berlin through summer 2019.
In the first phase of the project, a site-specific light and sound installation by Mischa Kuball will be shown in three of the four Voids that traverse the museum building. These gaps are the most significant architectural elements of the building, which opened in 2001 and whose materiality and impact Kuball is now exploring.
In the 24-meter-tall spaces, rotating projectors will cast light fields shaped like the Voids’ blueprints on the walls and ceilings. Spinning mirror elements and stroboscopic flashes are designed to spark “resonance between architecture and skin,” says Mischa Kuball, describing res·o·nant.
The installation’s sound component consists of 60-second audio clips that accompany the rotating projections. These pieces of music were chosen from an open call for original works submitted by composers, musicians, DJs, and producers.
In the second phase of the project, in 2018, there will be performances and concerts at the Jewish Museum Berlin as well as various interventions in public space. Again, the Voids’ blueprints of the Voids will be brought outdoors to draw attention to the art installation in urban gathering places, transcending the physical boundaries of the museum.
A volume accompanying the overall project will be released in 2018.
Mischa Kuball, born in Düsseldorf in 1959, has been working in the public and institutional sphere since 1977. He uses light as a medium to explore architectural spaces as well as social and political discourses and reflects on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultural structures to architectural interventions as well as emphasizing or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectural history. Public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participatory projects, providing a platform for communication between the audience, the artist, the work itself, and public space.
Since 2007, Mischa Kuball has been a professor for public art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and associate professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe. Since 2015, he has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Düsseldorf. In 2016 he was honored with the German Light Award.