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Saturday, May 13 • 8:00pm - 11:30pm
12.6 Lyrae/le chiffre Performance

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12.6 Lyrae/le chiffre is an immersive site-specific installation and live performance by the artist Raphaele Shirley in collaboration with musician and composer Algis Kizys. First presented at the project space “ The Chimney” in 2016,12.6 Lyrae/le Chiffre takes the viewer from the intimate to the infinite, cyclically and imperceptible arcing back and forth via a subtle modulation of light and sound. The public is surrounded within a visual and auditory landscape creating a journey through time space, a poetic exploration of states of being through layered abstract combinations.

The 12.6 Lyrae installation centers on Shirley’s sculpture titled 12.6 Black Star . This works consists of a 12’6” diameter white neon circle mounted below an aluminum ring which hangs on an angle above the viewer's head. The white light of the neon circle, dims to darkness and brightens to full intensity in a slow and barely perceivable gradual loop, like a fast forwarded sunrise to sunset. Alongside, a set of hazers generate a cloud above the ring, erasing the ceiling and suspending the light into an appearance of void. Following the slow appearance and erasure of the ring and its surroundings, Algis Kizys audio work, “Halo Companion”, chimes and breathes with the light. Using a 4.1 surround sound with speakers arranged in a circle oriented under the sculpture, Kizys 21 minute looped composition engulfs and rotates the audience. Live musicians under Kizys’ direction, live musical intervention named Le Chiffre, respond to the soundtrack augmenting the dimensionality of the installation layering new live sounds within the lexicon of auditory references, abstract and concrete. A surprise visual event concludes the performance, encasing the experience in wonderment and in an urgency of the now.

In 12.6 Lyrae/lechiffre, we step into an environment of dusk where the installation brings to form and returns to void a world within emptiness.
“Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is" - Shelley

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Raphaele Shirley

Light artist and composer
RAPHAELE SHIRLEY (Wisconsin, USA). Shirley’s solo exhibitions include: 12.6 Lyrae at the Chimney, New York (2016), 0910 Light Shots, Chelsea Art Museum , New York(2010); Arctic Lights, Dorfman Projects, New York (2010); Jewels of Kvinesdal, Kvinesdal, Norway (2009; Sunken City, M... Read More →



Saturday May 13, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm
CTW Arts Hub at the Knockdown Center 52-19 Flushing Avenue. Maspeth, NY 11378

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