Up until August 20th, the French city of Bordeaux is hosting Liberté, a season of artistic events that explore ‘creative freedom.’
Curated by José-manuel Gonçalvès, the programme features various musical performances and art installations which have transformed the French city into a space brimming with contemporary artistic expression. As part of the festival, Lithuanian artist, Žilvinas Kempinas, has designed two hypnotic art installations using his signature material: magnetic tape.
Kempinas’ ‘achi-textured’ installations are situated in Bordeaux’s Garonne Quays and La chapelle et le cloître néogothiques du Crou. Both pieces are self-balancing and are constructed in-situ. Kempinas obtains the magnetic tape from old VHS tapes, and delicately arranges them into semi-transparent passages which blur vistor’s perception as they walk through them.
Kempinas’ use of the black stretched strip creates an intersecting space between the chapel and the docks and draws a powerful dialogue exploring how artistic expression can be used to connect spaces and reinterpret architectural elements.
To view more about the festival, visit their website.
Photographer: Pierre Planchenault
Artist: Žilvinas Kempinas
Artwork: Tube, 2008, magnetic tape, plywood
Location: Chapelle du Crous, Bordeaux, France, 2019