Hamburg International Music Festival to Open with DRIFT Light Installation

Organizers of the Hamburg International Music Festival have announced that this year’s event will open with a light installation by Amsterdam’s DRIFT. The four-week festival runs Apr. 28 to Jun. 1 in Hamburg, Germany.

The installation will be presented at the Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall on the Elbe River. Artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta are promising illuminated drones, interacting with the architecture and water in a work entitled Breaking Waves. The music set to accompany the performance will be available via the Elbphilharmonie website.

“We want to depict the marvels that surround us in nature,” says Gordijn in a media release. “As humans we are admissible to waves in different ways, and can become one with the movement.” The installation – which will be presented free of charge – was commissioned by the concert hall as part of its fifth anniversary celebrations.

“Art should be accessible to as many people as possible,” says Nauta. “That’s why we designed our installation for the public space. When we started working with the Elbphilharmonie, both sides immediately agreed that we should make the music that’s performed inside visible on the outside for people to experience.”

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