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Matthew Ritchie and Aranda/Lasch,
Morning Line and Evening Line, Venice and Sevilla (Italy) 14.09.2008 - 11.01.2009

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21) was invited by Aaron Betsky, curator of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, to present The Evening Line in Venice.This project is the result of an intensive three years collaboration with New York based artist Matthew Richie, architects Aranda/Lasch and geometric structural designers from Arup AGU and was produced by T-B A21. Apart from being an autonomous structure conceived for the Biennal, The Evening Line is also a portion of a larger structure - potentially the size of the universe, through the application of fractal geometry - entitled The Morning Line. This is the foundation's second Art Pavilion commission, which will be inaugurated at Biacs, the contemporary Art Biennaal of Seville entitled YOUniverse on October 1st. Curated by Peter Weibel, the Seville Biennal is dedicated to the convergence of art and science.

The Morning Line is a highly complex "anti pavilion" (Matthew Richie) in which a great variety of interdisciplinary reflections converge. Among these, fractal geometry manifests this principle and is the bond linking The Evening Line in Venice and The Morning Line in Seville. Both are infinitely modular constructions, built from a single shape called "the bit", that assembles with other similar bits to make occupiable spaces. This bit is conceived as an universal brick that can be mapped with Matthew Ritchie's drawings to produce pictures in and of space.

The anti-pavilion represents three years of intensive collaboration between Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and artist Matthew Ritchie, who was listed as one of the 100 innovators for the new millenium by Time Magazine for exploring "the unthinkable or not yet thought". The Morning Line was conceived by Ritchie as an inherently collaborative structure, an interdisciplinary intersection for information congruence, where artists, architects, engineers, physicisits and musicians would each contribute their own specialized information to create a new form; a mutable structure, with multiple expressions and narratives interwrining in its physical form, projected video and sound environments.

Matthew Ritchie and Aranda/Lasch's The Morning Line realized in collaboration with Daniel Bosia (Arup AGU), musician Bryce Dessner (USA) and sound artist Florian Hecker (GER); cosmotologists/mathematicians Paul J. Steinhardt (Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University) and Neil Turok (Chairman of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University) investigates the question how an architecturaal language can be developed where geometry and expression are intrinsically united. Made from an universal bit, a truncated polyhedral shape, The Morning Line is a fractal cycle, a model of the universe that scales up and down while also producing cycles or generations of information. This synthetic process is accomplished chiefly through drawing, where form and content, geometry and expression can become one. This is partly in answer to the holographic principlee that the visible universe can be understood as a hologram, isomorphic to the information on its boundaries. In other words, the universe is a kind of picture. (Ritchie)


14 September - 23 November 2008 : Venice Biennale, Italian Pavillion, San Marco 1364 - 30124 Venice (Italy). Tel.: +39 (0)4 12 72 83 97.
2 October 2008 - 11 January 2009 : Third Biennale of Contemporary Art, Seville (Spain).

Matthew Ritchie and Aranda/Lasch, Morning Line and Evening Line, Venice and Sevilla

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The geometry of the structure concurrently housing its essential "invisible" sonic identity generates a unique intercativity: a sensor system registers and responds to the movments of individuals entering and residing inside the pavilion through a scalable form of music, creating and converting them into new stories.

The Morning Line, due to it's interlocking system of variable models serves as a large outdoor performance and audience/visitor area and furthermore as a "musical instrument" played by new emerging composers and sound artists in the electro-acoustic medium to present their specifically commissioned work.

The Evening Line is closely linked with Matthew Ritchie's own decade-long artistic project of contructing a personal cosmology that weaves his own histories within the languages of science, myth and religion to construct a single systemic or "semasio-graphic" visual language. The artist's visual language maps onto the bits to make The Evening Line a true unification of expression and structure. In other words, the drawings are both structural and meaningful.