A ghost metro train, which has already been all around Europe, appears in Berlin.It ignores physics, gaps between buildings, space and time. Based on a light phenomenon, “the Light Hole”, the ghost metro train turns into a travelling myth, which constitutes itself upon its loose artifacts, collected on the way. The train becomes an artifact itself, as it could appear at any public space―unpredictably, unable to be tracked by route or starting point.
HR-Stamenov suggests a light spectacle, as a train literally “appears” inside a building, leaving passers-by unknowing of what they have just seen. The immediate attention, which the media installation produces, serves as an illustration of a rather nostalgic gesture, the fascination of observing a train passing by at times when this occurrence is rare sight. Similarly, it illustrates a spectacle in public space, as it transforms a three-dimensional object―such as a train―into a screen-based visual phenomenon. It is the size, the picture and the sound of a real train; it becomes a screen, a motion picture, a blinking advertising sign. Located in the center of Berlin―at the LEAP venue on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße at Alexanderplatz―the Ghost Train is also in constant reference to its original symbolic context. Every couple of minutes a train passes through or stops at the central city station (Alexanderplatz) which the glass-façade of the installation points at.
Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (LEAP) is an interdisciplinary project for electronic, digital media arts and performance that aims to initiate the dialogue between art, science and technology. LEAP’s central concept is based on experimental research in digital technologies and media, which shape and change our present and future society and stimulate new discourses, discussions and questions.
HR-Stamenov creates site-specific, media, sound and light installations. Recently he exhibited in: Lucca Center Of Contemporary Art ( L.U.C.C.A) -Lucca, Italy (2011) Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Sofia, Bulgaria (2011) Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Gdansk, Poland (2012),Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art (SAMCA), Sofia, Bulgaria (2012); Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (LABoral) Cijon, Spain (2013)… Among his individual projects are: “Space 0 Space” Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy (2011); City Gallery of Fine Arts Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2012); “PRESENCE”, Studio Tommaseo, Trieste, Italy (2011) “Water, Suppositions and Urbanism”, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Celje, Slovenia (2012).
Venue: LEAP, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 13, 10178 Berlin
VFX supervision: Kamen Jordanov
Running time: 26.10. 2013 - 31.10.20 between 20:00 and midnight
Entry free (donation welcome)