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Birgit Kjærsgaard’s transformation o a traditional Buddhist meditation ritual into a 3D installation incorporating photo, film, sound and odor takes us on a modern pilgrimage through the Japanese mountain landscape of Koya-san. The well-known area to the south of the megacity of Osaka, with its numerous temple complexes, has been a registered World Heritage Site since 2004. For years now, this Danish architect and artist has investigated the reception of icons and metaphors from major world cultures. In her current installation Landscape/Portrait abstract images of the natural beauty and mandalas alternate with photorealistic scenes of the Japanese way of life and landscapes. The setting is a contemporary temple-style tableau. The hoped-for (meditative) state of perfect harmony (Ryôkai) is influenced, whether consciously or unintentionally, by the beholder’s presence in the exhibition space. 

Duration: 15.11. – 20.12. 2014 | Closing Reception + Happy Talk: 20.12.2014, 4pm | Hours: Do-Sa 4-7pm

Team: Jørgen Teller (Composer), Willie Flindt (Dramatic Consultant), Ernst Kallesøe (Technical Consultant)

With many thanks to: Royal Danish Embassy Berlin, The Danish Arts Foundation, CAVI, Thinkbox Software, UMA GmbH, Sitni Sabi d.o.o.

This procect is part of the 6th European Month of Photogaphy Berlin