Es Devlin creates a new monumental work of art for an immersive group exhibition: LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art.


A monumental new work by artist and designer Es Devlin, BLUESKYWHITE, commissioned by 180 Studios will be unveiled at 180 The Strand, London on October 13, 2021. The work is part of a new immersive group exhibition: LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art organized by SUUM Project in collaboration with Fact at 180 Studios, with works by Refik Anadol, Carsten Nicolai, Hito Steyerl, Random International and Universal Everything.

Es Devlin BlueSkyWhite

Es Devlin’s new work was done in response to solar engineering proposals to “sift the sun” to counter global warming, with potential unpredictable side effects including the end of blue skies.

BLUESKYWHITE is made up of two parts: in part I, text read by the artist from Byron’s poem of 1816 Darkness underlines the passage of the spectator in a tunnel lit in red 24 m long.

The poem was written the day after Mount Tambora, Indonesia erupted on April 5, 1815, which released over 100,000,000 tonnes of gas and fine particles into the atmosphere, causing noticeable dimming of the sun. and a temperature reduction of about 3 degrees Celsius in what has come to be known as the “year without summer” whose intense glowing sunsets have been documented in the paintings of JMW Turner and Caspar David Friedrich.

Part II draws on contemporary models of solar geoengineering documented by Elizabeth Kolbert and others who use volcanic eruptions like Tambora as a precedent to suggest that a haze of suspended particles could reduce global temperature to pre-industrial levels. while potentially making the blue sky white permanently.

Es Devlin said:

“The work invites the viewer to experience two perspectives: in the tunnel, he is immersed in a 19th-century romantic poet’s first-hand account of the ‘year without summer’ caused by a volcanic eruption of 1815. One times through the tunnel, they are presented with contemporary tales of geoengineered solar solutions to global warming based on the phenomenon experienced by Byron – none of which seem acceptable, but some of which may become unavoidable ‘”


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180 Studios, SUUM Project and Fact have announced LUX, a major new exhibition of contemporary media art, to be held at 180 The Strand, London. With the artists: a’strict; Refik Anadol; Je Baak; Cecilia Bengolea; Cao Yuxi; Es Devlin; art studio; Julien Knxx; Carsten Nicolai; International random; Hito Steyerl; All universal

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