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Ofelia Plads — Lights by Obscura Vertigo

The Wave

A journey to the end of the pier

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00:00-00:00 — Feb 4-26, 2017

Everybody is cordially invited to a multidimensional journey taking place in the harbour of Copenhagen. The Wave – an interactive sound- and light installation spanning 80 metres – will add a much-needed light on Ofelia Plads during the entire Frost Festival. “The Wave” is on all days from 4th-26th February between 6 and 24.

The installation ”The Wave” as been devopled by internationally renowned light design collective Obscura Vertigo. Its conception was promoted by Frost Festival and the Ofelia Plads association who jointly strive to create cultural experiences during Winter, manifested in the form of an art installation on Ofelia Plads.

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The Wave 2017 – Copyright: Malthe Ivarsson

A beacon of light in the city of winter

”The Wave” consists of forty, triangular, interactive, both glowing and sounding gates, 4 metres tall. The gates will respond to movement sonically and visually. Audiences will therefore co-create the artistic experience and convey unique light and sound events that constantly change the perception of the installation during its entire life span. We like to regard ”The Wave” as a beacon of light in the city’s ongoing darkness. Inhabitants of Copenhagen of all ages can meet and interact with the installation, admiring it both close-up and from afar. The installation can easily be seen from the Opera House, Papirøen, the inner harbour bridge, displaying a visually evident, central contribution to the harbour.

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The Wave 2017 – Copyright: Malthe Ivarsson

A new experience of maritime history

As a locally fixed installation, The Wave concerns itself with both the historical and contemporary significance of Ofelia Plads. Its physical shape corresponds well to the contemporary architectonic traits – its placement towards the endlessness of the water at the end of the pier – while the sound design interprets the site’s maritime history. Previously the Kvæsthus Pier an old steamboat dock, where the people of Copenhagen would embark on and return from travels. The sound design for ”The Wave” thus consists of a series of sonic universes where newly composed music blends in with natural sounds and sound manipulation that reflects the maritime history of the Kvæsthus Pier. These soundscapes have been created by award-winning composer Peter Albrechtsen together with the metal band Solbrud, the experimental sound collective We like We and the hip-hop producer Rune Rask of famously known Suspekt.

The Wave 2017 - Malthe Ivarsson

The Wave 2017 – Copyright: Malthe Ivarsson

Events in waves

”The Wave” launches Saturday the 4th of February  6.30 pm with continuous light and sound performance for 20 minutes custom made by Obscura Vertigo and Peter Albrechtsen, revealing the endless opportunities of the installation. Every Saturday during the exhibition, Obscura Vertigo will perform live at 5.30 pm, where the sonic universe of the installation changes to one of the three contributing music artists. Hence, the experience and impression of the installation will change quite substantially with the change in artist. Every Saturday, after the live performance, the public has full access to the installation during the week from 6am to midnight. The last Saturday of Frost Festival, the performance will contain highlights from the three musicians’ different universes.

Who is contributing: The Installation has been developed by Obscura Vertigo, with sound production by Peter Albrechtsen. The initiative is promoted by Frost Festival and the Ofelia Plads association.

We owe huge thanks to the Danish Public Arts Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, The Beckett Foundation, Oda and Hans Svenningsen Foundation and Frost Festival main contributors: The Nordea Foundation, Tuborg Music, The public Arts Foundation and the City Council of Copenhagen.

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The Wave 2017 – Copyright Malthe Ivarsson

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