Shanghai Nights

Shanghai Nights

Carla Rapoport

Lumen shows are normally in galleries or art venues but every so often, our gigs go off-piste and into totally new spaces. Last August, Lumen was invited to take part in a one-night only event in Shanghai called OP ART MegaSens. As you can see from the photo above, it featured new wave music as well as incredible Lumen art. An amazing 1,500 people turned out to the Bandai Namco Dream Hall, a live music venue with one of the best sound systems in the city. 

Thanks to the curatorial skills of Lumen's Asia Exhibition Manager, Gigi Huan, three Lumen artworks were part of the show, including Stefan Reiss's inspiring mapping work from the 2016 Shortlist, O.T. 875, Nathan Selikoff's projected, interactive clock Audiograph also from the 2016 Shortlist and a specially commissioned AR work called SOLID from Gibson Martelli, the UK duo who won the Lumen Prize Gold Award in 2015, which you can see on the left and right of the picture above.

Mixing music and art into a performance like this shows the beginnings of where digital art can go in the future. As you most likely know, Lumen aims to be much more than an art prize and it's events like MegaSens that bring that ambition to life.

Our next stop in China will be in Beijing when our show Lumen Matrix opens November 24 at Today Art Museum. Watch this space for updates.