Fluxland I New Immersive artwork on the Thames

31st May 2016
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Alice Nicholl
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Cyril de Commarque, Rendering for Fluxland, 2016, courtesy of the artist

This September the smoothly gliding waters of the Thames will become a space for artistic reflection as Cyril de Commarque’s newest immersive artwork, Fluxland, makes its debut in the capital. The piece, a 25-metre long former freight boat mounted with a mirrored polyhedron sculptural form, will navigate along the river over the course of a month as a travelling visual and sound installation. As it makes its voyage, the public will be able to hear the artist’s soundtrack of samples taken from around the world, as well as being able to board the boat when it moors to enjoy the immersive experience.

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Cyril de Commarque, Fluxland in production, 2016, courtesy of the artist

In the past the French artist has been celebrated for the utilization of diverse media in his inventions, sculptures and structures. These works perceptively explore contemporary conflicts and the notion of human progress, provoking personal reflection and even geo-political debate. Fluxland will be no different: de Commarque designed its polyhedron form taking inspiration from the ancient Greek philosophy that the shape can stimulate philosophical and artistic contemplation. As such, its mirrored surface not only reflects the external world and the shining buildings of London’s skyline, but also invites the internal contemplation ever present in his work.

 

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Cyril de Commarque, Fluxland in production, 2016, courtesy of the artist

Fluxland’s name was rendered as an homage to the Fluxus movement which flourished in the 1960s, driven by the work of interdisciplinary artists such as Joseph Beuys and John Cage, who de Commarque identifies as influencers. The movement sought to destroy any boundaries between art and life, taking art out of galleries and encouraging unexpected encounters with it in the public realm. In this way, art was stripped of any pretention and brought to the masses. It was used as a way to provoke progress in society by encouraging people to interact with the work and, consequently, to make changes which had a resounding effect beyond the project.

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Cyril de Commarque, Les Larmes de Peter Pan, 2014-15, metal bars and wool threads, courtesy of the artist

De Commarque’s Fluxland will continue this drive for positive societal progress, serving as a space for lively debate and discourse. Leading thinkers and keynote speakers will be present at the inaugural conference on the boat, discussing the intersection of philosophy, history and the notion of human progress. This dialogue will also be shown online, bringing the discussion to the global public and truly embodying the Fluxus spirit. Fluxland will launch in London on 8th September and continue through the month, making regular moorings for access to the public.

Cyril de Commarque: Fluxland, from 8 September 2016. Various locations, River Thames, London.

More information about the Fluxland can be found here. This event is part of Totally Thames that runs from 1-30 September 2016.

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