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Fever Dreams, Birds, And Butterflies Converge In New London Exhibition

Explore "Gates of The Festival", Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg's inaugural mixed-media exhibition at London's Lisson Gallery.

by Beckett Mufson
Sep 29 2014, 6:00pm

From Gates of the Festival, 2014. Neon, stop motion animation, HD video, 4 channel surround sound. Images and video © the artists; courtesy of Lisson Gallery, London

Artist duo Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg have brought their distinct visions of archetypal and psychological imagery to life for Gates of the Festivalthe duo's inaugural exhibition at London's Lisson Gallery. The mixed-media show features a series of works from both artists, and is divided into three rooms of disparate yet cooperative hybrid sculptures and projections.

In the first room, Gas, Solid, Liquid, 10 urns emanate Berg's music. A peek inside reveals projections of Djurberg's primordial soup-like animations, each relating to the possibilities morphing within. Complemented by Berg's tunes, the carefully crafted pots each yield their own distinct interactions between light and sound.

Gas, Solid, Liquid (Oil on Wood), 2014

Upon your entrance into the second room, an artwork called Fever Dreams greets you with dreamy electronic soundscapes and four plain white tables acting as canvases for Djurberg's luminescent animations. Amorphous loops of colorful, amoeba-like forms bubble across the surfaces, adding vibrant life to the otherwise static objects. "When I was animating them, I came back—always—to being a child, sick, having fever, and then having the fever dreams," Djurberg said in an interview with the Lisson Gallery. "I would have the sense that something could fall apart, any minute. Nothing's stable, everything is unstable."

Gates of the Festival, 2014. Neon, stop motion animation, HD video, 4 channel surround sound.

This concept holds true for the exhibition's third and final installation, a room which features Butterfly, a single channel animation with morphing, Rorschach blot-like wings. A claymation bird—referencing the feathered sculptures populating one of the duo's previous works, Parade—is projected onto the walls adjacent, weaving its way in between vibrantly animated crayon drawings. As a set of 12 warped neon sculptures hang from the ceiling, mirroring the ribbons of animated color, neon lights flash in accordance to Berg's atmospheric music, heightening the symbiosis between light, animation, sound, and physical sculpture.

Gates Of the Festival debuted at the Lisson Gallery on Sept. 17, and will be warping, twisting, and humming there until Nov. 1, 2014. Check out a few more images of the installation below as you begin planning your London art vacation just to check it out.

A peek inside Gas, Solid, Liquid (Oil on Wood), 2014

Visit the Lisson Gallery's website here for more information about Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg and Gates of the Festival.

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