Visitors will be immersed in a space filled with branches, saplings and thinnings, combined with a strong, earthy smell reminiscent of a forest floor. Each element works together to create the illusion of being lost in a dense wood. The artist is known for creating large-scale exhibitions that connect with the natural world to highlight issues such as climate change, including his epic recreation of the sun in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall in 2003. The Forked Forest Path is part of the Towner Collection on loan to Fabrica from Towner Eastbourne.
As Brighton Festival returns for 2021, we are delighted to partner with Fabrica and ACCA to bring these outstanding art works for audiences to enjoy for free this May. Both installations tell very different stories and offer us experiences to connect with the natural world, something we have all been craving over the last year of lockdown.Andrew Comben Chief Executive, Brighton Festival
Set to arrive with a Big Bang, an art installation inspired by scientific research into the fundamental make-up of matter will open at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA) in Falmer. Created by Brighton-based artist duo Semiconductor, HALO is a multisensory experience of matter formation in the early universe generated through projections and sound played out upon hundreds of vertical piano strings. Audiences enter an intricate mechanical structure operated by data from the ATLAS experiment at CERN which recreates the conditions shortly after the Big Bang.
The artwork follows Semiconductor’s residency at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in Geneva, and was made with the help of physicists from the University of Sussex.
HALO is an Audemars Piguet Art Commission, curated by Mónica Bello and first presented in the context of Art Basel in Basel in 2018. In collaboration with CERN.
5 Minutes with HALO creators Semiconductor
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