Swarm Study / IX

03/06/2016 - 17/09/2016
Grüntuch Ernst Lab, Former Jewish Girls’ School Auguststr. 11-13, 10117 Berlin
Grüntuch Ernst Architects, Random International, Jan Bitter Fotografie

With the realisation of the integrated facade artwork Swarm Study / IX, the transformation of Chemnitz station is complete. The artwork will open at Hauptbahnhof Chemnitz in September 2016. UK-based artist collective Random International have created an artwork that inhabits the entire facade of Chemnitz station. The artists’ largest work to date, Swarm Study / IX translates the acrobatic efficiency of flocking birds into light. Since 2010, Random International’s ongoing Swarm Studies have been exploring the intelligence in motion of self-organising systems through increasingly dematerialised, sensory environments. Evolving from this, Swarm Study / IX invites an experience of architecture as something animate and integrated with surrounding natural phenomena and human activity.This exhibition presents the first documentary photography of Swarm Study / IX and Grüntuch Ernst Architects’ transformation of Chemnitz main station by German architectural photographer Jan Bitter, alongside an immersive, large-scale video projection of the artwork in situ. The history of Random International’s Swarm Studies is surveyed through the documentation of earlier, three-dimensional works in the series ranging from small-scale editions to large-scale public commissions.