Installation Art & Sculptures
Black Holes by Bengisu Koyukan
I designed this installation art project for my internship at WOW in Tokyo, Japan. I chose black holes as concept for the annual WOW exhibition because I find their features very close to human emotions evolving around depression. So why can't we represent black holes both in real meaning and the poetic one? Stephen Hawking says black holes are like a trap and even the light cannot get out of it. When you are in depression you also feel like you are in a never-ending cycle of a trap and hopeless like a light trapped in the event horizon of a black hole and there is no way out. I thought making something tranquilizing and atmospheric to watch can represent these feelings. To see yourself in this endless hopeless cycle I thought choosing mirror as a material can be the best match.
In this artwork I used discs of groups of shattered mirror pieces to create a feeling of an absorbing black hole as if the viewer gets sucked into it.
You can see in the sketches, these discs are placed from bigger pieces to smaller pieces getting behind of each others in a line.
Discs are turning clockwise and counter clockwise in an order.
For example 1st 3rd and 5th one is turning clockwise while 2nd 4th and 6th one turning counter clockwise.
Also they are getting close and far to each other just like a zooming in and out camera lens to strengthen this feeling
This is how would the viewer see in front of it.
In the second artwork I wanted to use huge rectangle mirrors. Every part of these rectangles are reflective.
Mirrors are placed like in the sketches
In the middle of them there is a projection device within a funnel to reflect space images to every part of the mirrors.
Mirrors are moving forward and backward without touching to each other and breaking their line.
There can be a rail system underneath them to make this happen.
In this last artwork I tried to represent the core of the black hole and the pressure of gravity of it. When you are feeling pain or a void your heart feels very heavy and it feels like you are collapsing through inside just like a dying star on its way to becoming a black hole. That’s why I thought I can make something moving like a heart.
In this installation I decided using reflective mirror like metals attached to each as if they have joints between them. With their moving parts between them they can transform to each other like a beating heart. They are changing from the first image to the last one.
To create a space like feeling I thought placing these works in a place covered with reflective material would be nice.
I also think using a mist maker to create a smoke and reflecting space images by using projection device can give a better feeling. To create starry areas using micro leds would be also nice.
Here is a video I made for this project. I also made the music of it.
To listen the music I made here is a youtube link.
To learn more about WOW, Japan you can visit their site from here.