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Magic Lantern, 2010 (Steel frame, perforated sheet aluminium, expanded resin, LED lights, motor)

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Magic Lantern, 2010 (Steel frame, perforated sheet aluminium, expanded resin, LED lights, motor)
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Collishaw, Mat (b.1966) / British
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Steel frame, perforated sheet aluminium, expanded resin, LED lights, motor
2010 AD (C21st AD)
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Magic Lantern was commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. They wanted a temporary work, to be exhibited in the Cupola, which reflected the V&A's standing as a monument to cultural achievement. Collishaw built a large zoetrope in the octagonal structure of the cupola, animating large moths that flutter around the glowing interior and transforming the crown of the museum into something resembling a lantern. The cupola was lit to represent the museum itself as a beacon of light to which objects of beauty, activity and life are drawn. The zoetrope was invented in Victorian times, and has been updated to animate three-dimensional models rather than the archetypal two-dimensional zoetrope. The slot through which the illusion is usually viewed has been replaced with a stroboscope, a more contemporary type of shutter. The work thus bridges the time-span from the museum's inception to the present day.

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© Mat Collishaw. All rights reserved 2024 / Bridgeman Images
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21st century / wing / animal / art / contemporary art / colour / insect / art installation / lamp / lantern / lighting / light / movement (action) / object / speed / sculpture / flight / movie / cinema / 2010s / interior / moth / beacons / contemporary artist / timelapse / Collishaw Mat (b.1966) / England / United Kingdom / Europe / artist / Young British Artists
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