Your black horizon
To create "an interlocking equation" between ephemeral visual appearance and architectural formulations – that was the idea behind Olafur Eliassons work at the Biennale 2005. His approach merges the fields of art and architecture: In a windowless pavilion, a thin horizontal line of light directed through a narrow gap at eye level runs around the black space, uninterrupted by any visual obstruction, serving as the primary light source. Calibrated to the specific light conditions on Lopud, the light changes color through a cyclic spectrum of a single day – from sunrise to sunset.
The lighting control system by feno contains – besides two signal converters – the perfect adaption of the specific light conditions on the island Lopud. The intelligent DMX controller fc s.dmx 48d stores and replays individually designed light scenes. Just as natural light, the light inside the pavilion changes and fades continuously during the day.
As the light changes colour reflecting the natural colour of daylight while it metamorphoses from dawn to dusk, it creates an inner landscape of contemplation, activating the visitors' memory of the natural horizon. Upon exiting the pavilion the visitors can draw their own "black horizon" line which is embedded on their retina for a few more seconds, onto the horizon line that stretches between the neighboring islands of Sipan and Mlijet, thus for a few moments becoming an integral part of the work itself. This personal experience is simple and playful, and creates the accessibility that contemporary art needs to find with its potential audience.
Your black horizon Art Pavilion was inaugurated in June 2005 as an official project at the 51st Venice Biennial and moved to the island of Lopud in Croatia in 2007 where it has come to be a permanent installation. This distinctive location of the Art Pavilion on Lopud – just a few nautical miles away from the UNESCO world heritage city of Dubrovnik – establishes the potential of the project to interact with the site it inhabits.