The wind and the light of Allora & Calzadilla

The wind and the light of Allora & Calzadilla
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For Allora & Calzadilla's solo debut in China, the Puerto Rico-based artists will explore the concept of Gǎnyìng or "sympathetic resonance," an idea originating in ancient Chinese cosmology that is also used in contemporary language to signal the intertwining of forces and beings in everyday life events. Drawing on winds and ocean currents throughout human history and beyond, the artists will present Aeolian Charts (2023), a new series of works on paper that consider the poetic potential inherent in climate modeling and the visualization of global atmospheric phenomena. Accompanying this new body of work is Penumbra (2020), a digital animation that recreates in the gallery the effect of light passing through foliage in the Absalom Valley in Martinique. The work is projected at an angle based on a simulation of the sun's position in real time on the exhibition space and is complemented by "shadow tones", a psychoacoustic phenomenon perceived when two real tones create the appearance of a third. The exhibition highlights the inventive practice of Allora & Calzadilla in which the intersections of philosophy, history and ecology find formal expression and are held in a graceful and paradoxical balance. A complementary publication, featuring a newly commissioned study by the Barcelona-based research group einaidea, will further elaborate Gǎnyìng as an eco-political model for speculative, decolonial, and transnational cosmologies.

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