The Walk

The most conspicuous material Titia Ex’s work is light. Light has a huge symbolic significance, with references to happiness, spirituality and enlightment.

Artist Titia Ex works with light, movement and spatial perception. She focuses on the relationship that a work enters into with its surroundings. The history of a site or the current use of the space plays a significant part in the interpretation of her works. In the case of The Flower from the Universe this relationship is explicitly interactive: the colour changes and movement create a connection and an interchange with the viewer.
Titia Ex’s new work, the Walk  is a huge, 2.5-meter diameter sphere comprising 5000 pixels with a total of 35,000 LED’s. The sphere is both, an object and a spherical screen showing a 7.5 minute long video loop.

The intense, red glow of the lamps in Ex’s globe produce an enthralling variety of color and movement. The spherical shape and its change of light and color give the impression that it is a rotating orb. An illusory story unfolds based on Dante's Divine Comedy of the journey from Inferno to Purgatory, giving a sense of catharsis and the transition from fire to light. Flames and figures with torches appear through ghostly imagery like a non-stop procession towards the after-life.

The viewer is invited to enter the procession, to approach it the sphere and to walk around it without ever getting away from its lights. In this form of interaction between spectator, space and object, visitors are not only spectators absorbed in a play of light and imagery, but they are also participants, in a journey in search of light as, in methexis, walking from Hell to Purgatory, a journey to the underworld. Visitors follow the rhythm of the work; en route to somewhere else, the two are synchronization, giving this rhythm a trance-like echo.

Dianne Harris, art-director Kinetica Museum London, 2013

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The Walk