Blue Sky White is a new large scale work by Es Devlin - part of the immersive group show at 180 Stand, London: LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art organised by SUUM Project in collaboration with Fact at 180 Studios, featuring works by Refik Anadol, Carsten Nicolai, Hito Steyerl, Julian Knxx, Random International and Universal Everything. Commissioned by 180 Studios.
Blue Sky White is formed of two parts:
In Part I, text read from Byron's 1816 poem ‘Darkness’, reinforced by an atmospheric and orchestral soundscape, underscores the viewer's passage through a 24m long red-lit tunnel and 10.2 spatial sound system.
Part II draws from contemporary solar geo-engineering models documented by Elizabeth Kolbert and others which suggest that a haze of suspended particles might reduce global temperature to pre-industrial levels and might also turn the blue sky white.
The atypical sound system design featured concealed speakers mounted within the seating. This precise positioning maintained an immersive experience within the limitations of a room constructed mainly of digital screens and mirrors.
FACT @ 180 Strand
Artistic Direction + Design
Es Devlin Studio
Lead Associate Designer
Music Composition and Sound Design
Audio System Design + Programming