Installation

Gaika – 100 Names of God

Hymns from the Spectacular Empire

FREE
13 Nov 2019 – 12 Jan 2020
Daily at 19.45
The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

This year, visitors to Skate will experience a new spectacular artwork on our stunning ice rink from Somerset House Studios resident artist Gaika.

Inspired by the themes of our major winter exhibition 24/7, this unique, large-scale outdoor audio-visual installation reflects individual dreams and collective spirituality, in the age of consumerism and roboticised labour.

Gaika is inviting members of the public to submit their name (fictional or real) and their Christmas wishes for the future, to help shape the look and sound of the artwork.

Individuals’ private hopes will be exchanged for public benefit, as their words are converted into a machine language that will create a free audio-visual ‘hymn’ for the masses every day.

Each night, people’s freely given data will be fed into a light organ informing that evening’s sound and light show – an uplifting combination of ethereal soundscapes, dub, organ music accompanied by dramatic lighting sequences and distorted graphics, transforming the Neo-classical building and ice rink.

100 Names of God will run each night of the Skate at Somerset House season at 19.45, creating an enveloping 61 day treatise on the nature of work, play and worship.

Artistic polymath Gaika is a Somerset House Studios resident artist.

Share your entry with Gaika here to help create this unique artwork.

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