Lumière III

Robert Henke

Audiovisual performance

Lumière III is the third iteration of an audiovisual performance exploring phenomena of visual perception and concepts of narration within a very constrained set of symbols.

Lumière III oscillates between the experience of the raw physicality and intensity of laser light, and masterful execution of intricate detail. The high contrast between total darkness and blinding brightness tricks perception, creates ‘negative objects’ darker than black, adds controlled afterimages and a sense of spatiality which transcends from the projection surface. Fog further enhances this effect by incorporating the space in between the lasers, mounted at different locations in the auditorium, and the screen. The result is a highly immersive and sculptural temporary architecture of light, in perfect synchronicity with sonic events, merged into one complete and inseparable experience.

Lumière III, Robert Henke, Biennale of Digital Imagination 2018

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Robert Henke (ALL)

Robert Henke is a composer, installation artist and software developer, born 1969 in Munich, Germany. He is mainly known for his contributions to contemporary electronic music and for his laser works. Coming from a strong engineering background, Henke is fascinated by the beauty of technical objects. Developing his own instruments and algorithms is an integral part of his creative process. He utilises mathematical rules, controlled random operations and complex feedback loops to build the machines driving his art. Many of his installations change slowly and over long periods, and are specifically conceived or adapted for unique locations and their individual properties. Robert Henke’s musical work has a particular focus on rhythm, timbre and colour, and he is recognised as a pioneering explorer of surround sound and wave field synthesis.

Credits & mentions

In partnership with the Cité du Livre. With the support of the Goethe Institut & CFA – Provence