Ingo maurer*Ablaze

Ablaze – Sentimento (s)travolgente

by Ingo Maurer
with Axel Schmid for Enel
As smoke fills a distored cabin, our instinctive apprehension of light, surfaces, and sound builds a transformative scene  in the installation ‘ablaze – sentimento (s)travolgente’, the work of italian designer ingo maurer with axel schmid for energy production company enel.
Concept
Fire is a mode of radical change arouses amazement and excitement for its mobile light. The idea comes from the desire to demonstrate, in slow motion, the gradual transformation of a burning building: the initial “dream” is then transformed into perception of change, mutation. The installation “Ablaze – sentimento (s)travolgente” thus references the transformation of buildings and the emotional power of fire and light, in a more abstract way: a cabin, the archetype of the edifice, not perfectly “square”, already distorted. A cable is needed to stabilize its structure. The contrast between the interior and the exterior is striking: rough and black on the outside, lit up by an intense red color inside, with the contrast of a bright green opening in the floor. A spherical object hangs from the ceiling, moving slowly, floating in space and reflecting what is around it. The human being that “dwells” in the house in the project is very demanding, and exists with the emotion and passion for new technologies.
reference as ‘the desire to demonstrate, in slow motion, the gradual transformation of a burning building:
the initial ‘dream’ is transformed into perception of change, mutation.’
Project
The installation inside the Farmacia courtyard is a small house with elementary forms: the cabin in flames, built with blackened wooden boards, is placed on a wooden platform at the center of the courtyard. Slightly inclined and attached to a lateral steel cable, the construction seems like it is about to fall. The fire is represented symbolically by the bright red paint inside, while a reflecting pendulum creates dynamism, reverberating with the flames-light. At the center of the floor a recessed geometric opening, painted green, enriches the chromatic shadings and reflections. A hidden smoke machine completes the theatrical effect and brings out the impact of the light in the overall composition. The installation in the Cortile della Farmacia will be accompanied by Cajun and Zydeco music.
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