TO THE EDGE OF PERCEPTION AND BACK: JAMES TURRELL’S “AURAL”

TO THE EDGE OF PERCEPTION AND BACK: JAMES TURRELL’S “AURAL”

Need a break from staring at your screen? May we point you in the direction of the Jewish Museum Berlin, where a James Turrell ”Ganzfeld” piece is on display until 30.9.2018. Gifted to the museum by collectors Si and Dieter Rosenkranz, Ganzfeld “Aural” (2018) is an immersive installation in which light, space and gradually changing color meld together to deprive the viewer of their visual frame of reference. The experience is at first disorienting, and it takes a while for the eyes to adjust. When they eventually do, take the time to enjoy the reward — a sensory journey through the emotions evoked by blue ever so slowly melting into cool lilac, bright pink and hot white. Turrell says of his work: “With no object, no image, and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.” The ideal antidote to tired eyes and cluttered minds. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Work: James Turrell (c) Jewish Museum, gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz / Photo: Florian Holzherr)

Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr.9-14, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

James Turrell: Ganzfeld “Aural“, on through 30.9.2018

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