Flower from the Universe

Flower from the Universe is a gigantic light flower, seeming to float above the surface, with a heart modelled on a brain cell, encircled by a garland of graceful stems. A circle of seven pods lies under the heart, in here is hidden the seed of movement.

By walking around the artwork, the visitor sets off a wave of moving colours. The flower records the colours surrounding it and transfers these to the ‘petals’ into which the garland is divided. On the edges of the petals the reflected colours gradually run into one another. The brain cell in the heart has illuminated offshoots that follow or are in contrast with the colours in the garland. A dynamic interplay is created with both the viewer and the surroundings influencing the light of the flower.

The principle behind Flower from the Universe is physical space. Space as palette, as biotope: a living organism. The work emphasizes the poetry of the site. Colour and movement intertwine in the artwork. The context changes continually, viewer and light sculpture intermingle and connect and are together incorporated into a unity of time; there is no beginning or end. The intelligence of the natural order prevails.

About the artist

Titia Ex is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. Ex studied film and photography at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and was artist-in-residence at the video department of the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Her first experiments as a choreographer of light, time and space took place in the theatre. Here she worked together with dancers, actors and musicians. At the post-academic art institute, the Rijksakademie, she made her first installations in which light became an autonomous visual element of great value.

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