AD394- Creative Research

Anish Kapoor

Everything at Once featured a variety of artist, one of which included the Edge of the world installation by Anish Kapoor. The  installation featured a large shape which had been shaped much like a hat. Lined in a matte red fabric, the inside of the installation creates a distorting sensation. Its oval centred shape creates distorts the idea of depth creating a flat view as viewers explore the installation looking upwards. Initially the installation looks rather simple and strange, it does not seem to convey a lot, it looks rather much like a large hat or a mimic of a spacecraft but then once the viewer goes into the centre of the piece, the full effect is attainable.

Once entered the centre point of the installation, depth is removed from the vision and becomes a flat image. The lighting and shaping of the installation enhances senses through distortion of space. Although it seems as though the viewer is stood underneath a flat floating installation, it reflects sound creating an echo to every noise made. This absolutely distorts space, there is no start or end to the piece, it just becomes much like a black hole which absorbs all senses of space. Its smooth edges and shaping allow to create a fully smooth surface which does not reflect light allowing the installation to create a flat outlook.

This is a great example of visual representation regarding space and elimination of senses. Stood underneath the installation, it becomes quite satisfying and intriguing how something so simple can distort the human mind and perception. I found this installation to be very inspiring and interesting, many contemporary installations hold much concept behind them which isn’t always done in a way that stimulates viewers senses but The Edge of the world however creates the exact impact.

I have produced a short video capturing the essence of the installation and viewers reaction and their interaction with the installation piece.

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