Where: Waterfront Promenade, The Dubai Mall
When: October 27th – November 30th, 2018
Celebrate the festival of lights with ‘Voyage’ created by Aether & Hemera, a fleet of 300 illuminated boats which uses the Burj Lake as canvas. Guests can interact with this unique art installation, using their mobile phones to change colours and patterns, forming a magical landscape.
The flotilla consists of hundreds of color-changing oversized floating origami ‘paper boats,’ which create a strong artistic gesture on the site. It’s a piece of art that establishes a conversation with the surrounding space, and change configuration, size and arrangement in relation to the context.
‘Voyage’ creatively transforms the waterfronts, expanding the physical space of rivers, lakes, canals and waters of different cities and places. Since 2012, it has travelled to Baltimore, US; Bilbao, Spain; Scottsdale, Arizona; Canberra, Australia; London, UK; Irvine, Scotland; Salford Quays, UK; Blenheim Place, Oxfordshire, UK, each time adapting layout and size, based on the specific location.
Aether & Hemera’s aim is to inspire people to think creatively about the spaces around them, inviting playful and social engagement in public space.
The etymon of the word ‘voyage’ comes from Latin ‘viaticum,’ which means ‘provision for travelling,’ and the aim of the artwork is to allow viewers to travel and sail with absolute freedom to all the places they care to imagine. Colorful paper boats on the water urge everyone to make a transition from reality to imagination, reliving childhood memories and embracing their freedom; blurring the lines between the real and hyper-real, ‘Voyage’ encourages the thoughts of the visitors to cross the borders of their imagination.
About the artists:
Aether & Hemera is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio, producing work that lies at the intersections of contemporary installation, lighting art and interaction design.
Founded in 2008 by Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi, the collective often utilises the medium of light combined with digital media to create engaging spaces that connect people with their environment. Gloria has a mixed background in science (Politecnico di Milano) and the arts (Brera Fine Art Academy). Claudio trained as an architect at Politecnico di Milano, where he later obtained his PhD, specializing in media architecture.