Deep Web is a monumental immersive audiovisual installation created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke. Sublimating the spectacular industrial architecture of Kraftwerk Berlin, Deep Web plunges the audience into a ballet of iridescent kinetic light and surround sound. The work will be presented daily within CTM 2016 Festival, and closes with the presentation of a special enhanced live performance version on the festival's final day.
The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in Kraftwerk Berlin’s cavernous darkness.
The installation brings together decades of separate research and experimentation by two artists with unique visions and passions for sound and light, and by innovative companies working in these fields. High-end laser system manufacturer LaserAnimation Sollinger provided the technical expertise and development for this very specific spatial laser setup, while the motor winch systems and main control software are provided courtesy of Design Studio WHITEvoid and Kinetic Lights.
The work was originally commissioned by the Fête des Lumières in Lyon 2015, and developed in cooperation with local producer Tetro and its artistic production department Tetro+A. Due to the festival’s rescheduling after the tragic events in Paris, Berliners have the unique chance to attend an exclusive preview before the project will be presented in December 2016 in Lyon.
A production by: WHITEvoid, Kinetic Lights, Kraftwerk Berlin, CTM Festival
Originally commissioned by: Fête de Lumière Lyon, Tetro
Supported by: LaserAnimation Sollinger, Lichtblick, Complete Audio, satis&fy AG
Christopher Bauder is an artist and designer working in the fields of light and installation art, media design, and scenography. He focuses on the translation of bits and bytes into objects and environments, and vice versa.
Robert Henke is a pioneering electronic artist, known for his works as Monolake and his key contributions to the development of digital audio workstation Ableton Live. At CTM 2020, Henke will be presenting a new audiovisual piece entitled "CBM 8032 AV," inspired by and performed on restored Commodore 8032 computers.