Sound, Lights, Feudal Fury on the Banks of the Huangpu
From Paris to Shanghai to all over your retinas, here is "Temple of Light", a fully involved and fully immersive lighting installation opening Saturday on the banks of the Huangpu River. "Temple of Light" is a 600-square-meter, 7-meter-high box outfitted with "3LCD projector technology and Meyer Sound's ULTRA-X20 spatialized sound system" — blah, blah, blah — it's basically a big, soothing, mesmerizing box of light that rinses you out for 40 minutes or so.
The installation has two pieces: "Ukiyo-e Visions" and "Mutations." "Ukiyo-e Visions" comprises the bulk of the piece and is massive renderings of 17th-19th century Japanese print art, replete with Great Waves of Kanawaga, exploding sakura trees, and feudal conflict. "Mutation", coming from a totally different, very much more Kraftwerk kind of place, is an abstract, absolutist screen-saver, ASMR bliss-ride that takes you over with spinning geometric shapes, waves, and angles.
It's a lot of…. whoooaaaaa…
The inaugural content for the exhibition was created by the world-famous award-winning Danny Rose creative studio, which specializes in hypnotic, anodyne, and bombastic displays of light. The most obvious Shanghai-relative frame of reference is teamLAB, and if you're a fan of being immersed in three, four, five, six, or even seven dimensions of light, this is one to check out.
Scroll on through for a peak inside the mirror. Tickets are available right here.