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220V Electro Clips - The Party Effect

"220V Electro Clips - The Party Effect" (1995) is an interactive installation by Christian Möller (D), with P. Kuhlmann (D) and L. P. Demers (CND) .

220V Electro Clips - The Party Effect

220V Electro Clips - The Party Effect; photo: Jan Sprij

As part of the Rotterdam Summer Festival 1995, V2_Organisatie and ARCHIMEDIA from Linz presented 220V Electro Clips - The Party Effect, on August 11th, 12th and 13th. 220V Electro Clips was an artwork in which the audience could create a sound collage by moving through an enormous 3D sound and light sculpture in the Museumpark in Rotterdam.

For the Museumpark, the German architect Christian Möller had designed this sculpture which covered an area of 60 x 60 meters. From eight towers of 8 meters height, 96 light beams shone through the park. In the floor sensors record changed of light. By activating the sensors one generated radiosounds that were performed by loudspeakers in the park. It was as if one walked through the park with a gigantic ghetto blaster. A balanced sound choreography let the audio channels interfere and fade in and out under the influence of the audience moving through the light sculpture. Additionally, individual visitors could trigger instruments and various sounds through simple movements.

220V Electro Clips was a 3D sound environment in which the audience could send sounds through the park. It was therefore also a sound environment of architectural dimensions in which the audience interacted with the environment.

The first ideas for this sculpture originated from a collaboration between Christian Möller and the Frankfurt Ballet of William Forsyth. In 1994 Möller, together with the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt and the first dancer of the Frankfurt Ballet, Stephen Galloway, developed the dance and music piece Electro Clips, a performance in which the dancer similarly dances the sounds of a light sculpture of theater size.

Christian Möller has a name both as a media artist and as a media architect. For the front of the Zeilgalerie in Frankfurt he designed a light installation which reacts to external factors like humidity, temperature and light. The front of the building is thus turned into a large display of light and color patterns.

The opening featured a performance by Arthur Elsenaar with his piece Ontvagger.

The Party Effect by Christian Möller (1995) from V2_ on Vimeo.

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