The human body is the subject of almost all the works by the internationally renowned British artist Antony Gormley (*1950). He uses his own body as the model for most of his sculptures, which probe the relationship between the human body and its environment.
Although the installation at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg did not feature reproductions of the human body, it did offer visitors the possibility of exploring their own perception of the body, space and movement in a spectacular way. At the centre of the room, hanging freely from the ceiling, was a vast, almost 4,000-m2 platform made of glossy black epoxy resin. The platform would begin to vibrate almost imperceptibly as the visitors moved about the highly polished surface. Like walking atop a gigantic mirror, they could see their reflection and that of the room around them. The space below the platform, on the other hand, appeared as a dimly-lit underworld.
The site-specific sculpture offered visitors a comprehensive aesthetic and physical experience. In addition to the regular exhibition, the organizers also used the platform as a stage and performance venue.
Artistic director: Dirk Luckow; Artist: Antony Gormley (GB)
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 27 Apr. - 9 Sept. 2012, opens on 26 Apr. 2012