The second Art Basel Hong Kong begins on Thursday, May 15th, and artist Carsten Nicolai is taking over the city’s tallest building for a special light installation. The one-hundred and eighteen floor ICC will feature an interactive show designed by the Berlin-based artist, and there’s an app that lets you participate!
Titled “Î± (alpha) pulse,” Carsten Nicolai’s light installation will use the entire building as his canvas. The artist is known for his work that combines architecture, lighting, and audio to influence a viewer’s mood.
In the past, Carsten has collaborated with some of the world’s top museums including the MOMA, the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern, and others.
The massive scale of the ICC, and its high visibility, provided by un-obstructed views from Hong Kong Island, should serve the project perfectly.
Suggested viewing points include the new Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sai Ying Pun, the 4th floor roof deck of IFC 2, the outlaying island ferry piers in Central, Star Ferry, or anywhere along the waterfront. The West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade would also be an ideal spot if you want to be up close to the action!
The installation begins on Thursday, May 15th, from 8:30pm until 9:20pm, and runs every night at the same hour up to the 17th.
By downloading the free app, users can interact with the installation as well as hear a simulcast of audio. The app is available for iPhones via the iTunes store.
The installation is a special collaboration between Art Basel Hong Kong and Carsten Nicolai.
Carsten Nicolai x Art Basel Hong Kong
Î± (alpha) pulse
Austin Road West
West Kowloon, Kowloon
Nightly from May 15th until May 17th, 2014
8:30pm until 9:20pm
Art Basel Hong Kong
Hong Kong Convention Centre
1 Expo Drive
Wanchai, Hong Kong
runs from Thursday, May 15th, until Sunday, May 18th, 2014