A New Immersive Artwork to Travel Along the River Thames in London
Fluxland is a new interactive artwork, sound piece and space for debate by French artist Cyril de Commarque, exhibited in London for the month of September this year. A 25-metre long former freight boat mounted with a mirrored polyhedron sculptural form, Fluxland will navigate along the Thames on a series of journeys over the course of this month, as a travelling visual and sound installation.
This pioneering project has been a year in the making. De Commarque converted the structure in its docking in a Dutch shipyard, preparing Fluxland for its voyage to London. Its form is inspired by the belief in ancient Greek philosophy, according to which the shape inspires philosophical and artistic contemplation. The mirrored surface invites such internal processes of the mind, at the same time reflecting the external world.
It can be seen and heard from the banks of the river throughout its journey, and it reflects the passing buildings across its angled facets, mirroring elements of London’s skyline. Visitors can hear the artist’s soundtrack of samples sourced from all over the world. The boat is moored at Imperial Wharf Marina, where viewers can board and experience its immersive environment.
Fluxland takes its name from the Fluxus movement, the 1960s artistic revolution led by figures such as Joseph Beyus and John Cage, identified by de Commarque as influencers of that time. The movement itself sought to break down the boundaries between art and life, and facilitate the unexpected encounters with art in the public realm. The idea that art was an agent of progress and change for society was central to the movement. Interaction was essential to a work of art. On that same note, Fluxland is activated by its participants and it encourages societal and cultural change that goes beyond the project.
The artwork will also serve as a space for debate and discourse, when leading thinkers and keynote speakers come together on the boat for three conversations. The talks will be streamed online, and will focus on the intersection of politics, progress and utopia, bringing the discussion to the global public. Speakers at three separate talks will include Héctor Abad Faciolince, Fatima Bhutto, Sophie Hackford, Pankaj Mishra, Mark Rappolt, ElifShafak, Adam Thirlwell and Sonia Trigueros.
Cyril de Commarque lives and works in London. Recently the subject of a solo exhibition at MACRO last year, his work has been feature in prominent group shows at the Grand Palais and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, as well as the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, alongside the works of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Ai Weiwei. His previous works generally tend to examine themes such as the evolution of political and geographical borders, and the way in which systems of control threaten personal freedoms.
The event will run from 8th until 30th September, and is part of the larger Totally Thames, which takes place from 1st until 30th September this year. (Source: FLUXLAND)