Kurt Hentschlager: SUB Live


June-September 2019

ABOUT SUB: This project is an immersive environment envisioned by Austrian-born, New York-based, Kurt Hentschläger. In its premier at Mana Contemporary, SUB uses dramatic perceptual shifts to invoke direct audience engagement.

The installation’s gestalt approach gives an elevated sense of drama, bringing visitors into its expansive void. SUB’s complete dark environment is punctuated by bursts of animated light, which leave ghostly retinal impressions that linger as the light fades. Sound provides both an accompaniment to these moments of light, and a constant backdrop to the setting.

SUB has no beginning or end. Visitors may enter at any time and stay as long as they desire. The visual and sonic impressions vary substantially, creating a unique experience for each participant. Phones or cameras of any kind are to be left at the door, allowing the visitor to fully disconnect from these devices and jump into the void to fully immerse in this multi-sensorial installation.

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