On Friday 24 November 2017 at 6pm, the building of the Czech Embassy in London was solemnly reopened after a two-year long-anticipated reconstruction.
For this occasion, the Embassy turned into a gallery showing selected works by contemporary Czech artists. The evening included the light art installations Resonator by Jan Hladil and Monolith by the studio Hyperbinary, the illuminated façade of the Embassy building in the colours of the national tricolour, performance of the rising Czech music star Lenny, a barman show by Pavel Tvaroh, an improvised theatrical performance by František Skála and Petr Nikl, thanks to which the visitors could take a fun memory of the evening.
The building of the Czech Embassy has changed to a Light Gallery of contemporary Czech artists. The unifying element is the light; the building has become a unique exhibit on its own. One whole side of the building is shining in the tricolour. The lights in the windows rejuvenate the building with the light pulsing and play the role of a mediator between the outer and the inner world of the Embassy on the night.
The Monolith light art by Hyperbinary
On the piazza in front of the Embassy stands almost a five-meter high light installation “Monolith“. This installation ranks among the newest light installation trends and is composed of 3,328 LED balls. Each of them is an independent point of composition, capable of displaying the entire colour spectrum. This installation gives homage to the quiet and at the same time the noise of the city at night. This light design object absorbs all the surrounding light sources and transforms them into an engaging digital show. Through alternating landscapes and environments, the installation evokes the impression of a dynamic ride in a sports car, providing its viewers with an original experience of the night in the city full of light, energy, and elegance. An integral part of the installation is a hypnotic sound that was created specifically for the Monolith by the world famous composer from Bosnia, Billain.
Hyperbinary, the author of the whole concept, is an independent Prague based studio founded by The Macula / Signal festival founders (Martin Pošta, Jan Šíma and Amar Mulabegović) with the need to envision, design and implement new artistic perspectives towards human identity and innovative technology. While open for independent and commissioned projects, Hyperbinary collaborates with agencies, cultural institutes, media artists, technologists and choreographers to explore the human in the digital age.
The Resonator light art installation by Jan Hladil
The Resonator, an installation in the Embassy´s underground garage of the Embassy, combines elements of technology with a philosophical subtext, all derived from scientific understanding. As expressed by its title, it consists of a model of a resonator –a fundamental component of the mechanism of a laser module. The artist does not stop at the technical aspects of this device but also presents the resonator as a metaphor for human existence. In his view, each human being figuratively functions as a sort of sociocultural resonator.
The whole programme in pdf is downloadable at this link.