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Robin Meier: Synchronicity – Fireflies, crickets and machines

Volkshaus

17 Jun 201521 Jun 2015

To coincide with Art Basel 2015, Audemars Piguet unveils the first work for the inaugural Audemars Piguet Art Commission. Swiss artist and composer Robin Meierwas selected as the first artist for the Audemars Piguet Art Commission and has worked with the commission’s renowned guest curator Marc-Olivier Wahler, on the production of a major new artwork.

Based on the theme of “synchronicity” and the spontaneous emergence of cycles in nature, Meier‘s installation will meaningfully connect seemingly unrelated concepts and objects into a single beating pulse.

For the inaugural Audemars Piguet Art Commission, Meier’s immersive installation will be presented at the Volkshaus, Basel. Meier will create a large-scale installation, which will connect disparate fields by harmonizing music, fireflies, bioluminescent bacteria and crickets to a common pulse.

The viewer will be invited to walk through the installation to witness all of these self-synchronizing organisms and systems beating together, as if driven by a single rhythmic force. This will fill the entire exhibition space with a unique pulsating rhythm. Through the help of Audemars Piguet forming introductions to specialized laboratories and scientists, Meier has traveled the globe to research specific fireflies and insects.

Through this, Meier has investigated how this order emerges from chaos and uses this scientific research as a tool to express artistic ideas within his new installation. Meier‘s interest in temporal patterns echoes the harmonious conformity manifested in the intricate mechanics of Audemars Piguet‘s timepieces.

  • Installation View, Basel 2015, Photo: Riccardo Barluzzi Installation View, Basel 2015, Photo: Riccardo Barluzzi
  • Artist profile; photo: Riccardo Barluzzi Artist profile; photo: Riccardo Barluzzi
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OPENING:
wed 6/17/15 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; thu 6/18/15 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; fri 6/19/15 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; sat 6/20/15 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; sun, sun, sun 6/21/15 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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