Scattered Crowd is a powerful art installation created by the multifaceted German artist, William Forsythe. First shown more than a decade ago, the piece composed of thousands of suspended balloons never fails to enthrall visitors.

William Forsythe refers to the work as being: “an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decisions”. An intrinsic aspect of the interactive element of the installation is the hypnotic music of Ekkehard Ehlers which enhances the multisensory experience of walking through the mass of translucent balloons.

Yes, Forsythe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st-century art form. His deep interest in the fundamental principles of organisation has led him though to produce a wide range of projects including Installations, Films, and Web based knowledge creation.

In this case, thousand of white balloons, suspended in a billowing wash of sound; an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision. In the gorgeous, breathless space that is choreographer William Forsythes «Scattered Crowd», the viewer inhabits and alters, through their stillness or speed, their sense of proportion and time, the configurations that make up this constantly shifting, ecstatic world.

“A choreographic object is not a substitute for the body, but rather an alternative site for the understanding of potential instigation and organization of action to reside. Ideally, choreographic ideas in this form would draw an attentive, diverse readership that would eventually understand and, hopefully, champion the innumerable manifestations, old and new, of choreographic thinking”, wrote the artist in his essay.

Interaction with the inert shapes is encouraged by the artist who observes the human impulse translated into strengths and weaknesses through their instinctive reactions to the experience. A beautiful ethereal installation which is being shown in the vast exhibition space at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt during 2013.

Remember: Raised in New York and principally trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. After the closure of the Ballet Frankfurt in 2004, Forsythe established a new, more independent ensemble. The Forsythe Company, founded with the support of the states of Saxony and Hesse, the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, and private sponsors, is based in Dresden and Frankfurt am Main and maintains an extensive international touring schedule. But Forsythe has been commissioned to produce architectural and performance installations by architect-artist Daniel Libeskind, ARTANGEL (London), Creative Time (New York), and the City of Paris. His installation and film works have been presented in numerous museums and exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial (New York), the Venice Biennale, the Louvre Museum, and 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo. His performance, film, and installation works have been featured amongst others at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, The Museum of Modern Art New York and the Hayward Gallery in London.

 

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