Field of Light and Tepees
Set to present two illuminated installations at this year's Green Box Arts Festival, critically-acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro is best known for his immersive grand light-based installations that pop up in unexpected places across the globe, including a wide swath of Australian desert.
Combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, Munro will once again unite thousands of parts to create environmental light formations at Flagpole Park and Mountain Road Corner, conveying an emotional response of awe, wonder and amazement.
Field of Light / Flagpole Park
Seen all over the world, Munro's Field of Light installation in Green Mountain Falls will mark the 25th anniversary of its inception. This massive celebration of light and natural landscape will feature 3,000 light stands representing the terrain of the Red Desert in central Australia.
Tepees / Mountain Road Corner
Only its second time to debut in the United States, Tepees features interactive light combinations that flash so quickly the naked eye will never see the full tepee lit up. Drawing inspiration from the American west, these large fluorescent light tubes formed into tepees are a dynamic and must-see experience!
Thank You for A Very Enjoyable Game
July 2 through September 17, 2017
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
As a child, the book 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke ignited Munro's imagination about all things 'space' but it was Stanley Kubrick's film interpretation of the novel that presented for him, a new perspective on the world. The subtlety of Kubrick's interpretation of a man-made machine surpassing the intelligence of its human makers was a concept Munro found both chilling and humorous.
Thank You for a Very Enjoyable Game is as much about Kubrick's genius as a filmmaker as it is a stark warning to a world where artificial intelligence and the human condition grow ever closer, a subject so pertinent in a world driven by technology today. The work is also a reflection of Munro's continued interest in language and literature where written and visual experiences are translated and re-interpreted by him through his work.
Munro's work creates a visual abstraction of the chess game between the spaceship supercomputer HAL 9000 and the astronaut Dr. Frank Poole. 30 chess boards, inlaid with colored Formica, are positioned in a linear formation tracking the moves made in the chess game. A subtle audio soundtrack of chimes (suggesting a 'chess clock' timer) indicating a move has been made by a player. Each square has designated audio note and is derived from Tingsha - the cymbals used in prayer and rituals by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. The chime was specifically chosen to emphasize the contemplative nature of the game of chess.