‘light’ on Display at Kaneko

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December 30th, 2017

Omaha, NE—On display now at the Kaneko, light, an interactive exhibition exploring light through immersive installations and multimedia displays.

“One of the things that we really sought to do with light is dial it back to a time when light was really mystifying and almost spiritual in nature,” said Chris Hochstetler, Kaneko’s Executive Director. “We very much take for granted now the ability to walk in a room and flip on a switch and just have light, and yet, there are still societies on the planet that are completely shut down at night time when darkness arises, and they can do nothing. It harkens back to a time when societies almost worshipped light, and almost every major religion has connotations of light running through it. There’s a certain type of mysticism around light that I feel like we’ve lost a little bit, and part of our effort was to bring that back to people.”

The Kaneko serves as an intersection between art, design, performance and science with large scale exhibitions like light and performance series to follow, featuring music, dance and poetry. This has been the mission of founder, Jun Kaneko, and the Board of Directors.

“They believe that creativity and innovation go hand in hand, and that it really starts at the nucleus of when all these different disciplines—whether it’s science and art, or even engineering or architecture or business and art—all collide together to kind of work across disciplines. So science and performance and art all very much a part of what we do here.”

When designing a new exhibition, the Kaneko turns to a creative council of innovators from around the world, like Mauro Fiore, award winning cinematographer for 2009’s Avatar, and automotive designer J Mays.

“They have brainstorming sessions of, you know, what do we feel like Kaneko should be showcasing in the broader sense. They come up with the themes for us, and then that big theme gets kicked to a local programming committee to really discern what that theme means and the types of things that we could be showcasing within that theme, and they’re the ones that find the artists. Then we start to work with those artists over a several year period to try to curate that exhibition.”

One of light’s major features is the interactive “Infinity Room” by artist Refik Anadol.

“People will go inside this “Infinity Room” and they will experience from four very high intensity laser projectors, and the soundtrack as well, this amazing sensory experience that really lends itself to the feeling of infinity. It really wipes away any perception of time, space, position, all of these things. Refik’s goal is that not only is your perception changed while you’re in the “Infinity Room,” but once you leave you have a heightened awareness as to things that are going on around you.”

Also, an installation from Dutch collective of designers, Circus Family, called “Triph,” “Which is really an almost living and breathing installation in the sense that the installation is done with LED lighting in the huge sculptures that interact with people as they pass through the sculpture,” Hochstetler said. “It’s got a soundtrack to it that actually interacts with people, communicates with people and also gradient and changes in the light that communicate with people, so it is a very immersive an interactive experience.”

Light will be open to the public at Kaneko until March 31. Kaneko will host a number of performances in the gallery space throughout its run, including dance by tbd. Dance collective, poetry as part of the Feedback Series, and chamber music from Eko Nova.

Kaneko is open for visitation Tuesday thru Friday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Guided tours are held every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm and Friday from 7:00 to 8:00pm. For more information about the Kaneko, light, and upcoming performances, visit theKaneko.org.

 

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