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Artist Uses Magnetic Tape to Transform Historical Chapel into an Energetic Tunnel

Magnetic Tape Installation by Žilvinas Kempinas

From now until August 20, 2019, the city of Bordeaux is hosting Liberté!—an epic art and cultural season that celebrates creative freedom. Curated by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the entire city transforms into a stage for expression—from musical performances to artist exhibitions. One artist to take part is New York-based Žilvinas Kempinas, who has transformed two separate spaces with his signature magnetic tape installations.

The first, titled Tube, transforms the historic Chapelle du Crous. Kempinas created a semi-transparent passage made from long lengths of magnetic tape. Visitors are invited to walk through the tunnel that runs from the chapel entrance to the altar. As they walk, their perception of the surrounding architectural features are blurred and distorted by the tape, creating a strange “tunnel vision.”

For the second installation, titled Scarecrow, Kempinas created another corridor from magnetic tape at the docks of Bordeaux. Engulfing the pedestrian pathway by the water, visitors walk beneath the long lines of tape that create a visual vibration and transform the perception of space.

If you’re in Bordeaux, you can see both of Kempinas’ tape installations for yourself until August 20, 2019. If you can’t make it to France, scroll down to see images from the installations and check out more of his work on his website.

New York-based artist Žilvinas Kempinas has transformed the historic Chapelle du Crous in Bordeaux with a magnetic tape installation.

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As viewers walk through the tunnel, architectural features are blurred and distorted by the tape.

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Kempinas also created another corridor from magnetic tape at the docks of Bordeaux.

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Žilvinas Kempinas: Website

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Žilvinas Kempinas.

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