Korean multi-media artist Kimsooja creates installations using existing architecture combined with light and sound. Her latest work, entitled “To Breathe: A Mirror Woman,” transformed the beautiful Palacio de Cristal in Madrid’s Retiro Park into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope that is made all the more atmospheric by a piped soundscape of the artist's breath.
This elaborate installation is housed in a nineteenth century greenhouse in Madrid that normally holds a collection of plants originating from the Philippines. Kimsooja transformed it into a space of heightened, multisensory experience by covering its windows with a translucent diffraction film. This material creates the effect of numerous rainbows, which are then reflected in the mirrored surface covering the entire floor.
The installation is connected to an audio recording of the artist’s breathing patterns that enhances the immersive experience. Kimsooja unveiled a similar project at the 2013 Venice Biennale, which also featured translucent film that showered the interior of the Korean Pavilion with a spectrum of light.
Via This Is Colossal