A lead crystal chandelier is lying down on the ground. Windows of the room are neatly nailed. There is some light between the boards. Inside the chandelier, irregularly, dying and silent, a bunch of light bulbs flicker.
The light movements break in the glass crystals and throw prancing, sometimes spectrally colored shadow games on the walls. At the same time the control modules of flickering, bimetal switches from starters, can be heard by a microphone and 25 speakers distributed in the room.
The rhythms are directly related to the light movements, since they are the switching processes that are heard as rhythms. Each bimetal switch has its own sound and rhythm.
The inspiration for this artwork was the memory of the chandeliers made of salt crystals in the Polish salt mines of Wieliczka, today a museum, which is located in 60 to 80 meters deep in sacred halls.
Fallen Chandelier was nominated for the International Light Art Award 2017.
About Tilman Küntzel
Küntzel has been creating audiovisual installations ever since his time as a Fine Arts student at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Küntzel is interested in stimulating all the senses of people who experience his work, and he wants them to be immersed in the work of art. By moving through the space people can determine their own perceptual process. Küntzel prefers to use dynamic algorithms from “found” control components, as in this installation for Unna, in which one experiences randomly generated movements of light and percussive sound.