Thursday, June 26, 2008

Light and mirrors

We went to see the MOMA exhibit of Olafur Eliasson, whose waterfalls begin in the East River tonight. There were some interesting things, such as:

--A creepy yellow light (low-pressure sodium) in which everyone looks bad and (at least initially) feels uncomfortable; somehow it made me feel I was a Cylon.
--Dichroic glass hanging from a chandelier stand, casting differently colored shadows on the wall depending on the angles of the light and viewer.
--A cascade of water droplets set against strobe lights; not recommended for people with epilepsy or heart conditions.
--"Wall eclipse": a rotating mirror suspended from the ceiling, casting a shadow across the entirety of a rear wall once per minute.

The exhibit, called "Take Your Time," ends on June 30.

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