Looking-Glass House – KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen – Arne Jacobsen Foyer – HANOVER

We are very happy that Looking-Glass House is part of this years KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen.

Looking-Glass House is a new work by Andrea Božić and Julia Willms in collaboration with the moon: an audio-visual installation for the Arne Jacobsen Foyer at the baroque Herrenhausen Gardens taking place every evening of the festival after the sunset. It takes the visitors on a parcour of spaces from outside the building to an immersive environment inside it and back outside to the night sky.

Especially for the occasion of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Božić and Willms have prepared the exact same night sky above Hanover as it was in 1965, the year the construction of the Arne Jacobsen Foyer began. Throughout the festival, the moon passes through the exact same phases, against the same backdrop of the star constellations, making a replica of the night sky in 1965: growing towards a full moon to then disappear from the skies on the closing night of the festival. With a special event: a lunar eclipse above Hanover on the 16th of May.

The light installation inside the Arne Jacobsen Foyer brings the palette of the night sky colours from sunset to sunrise into the glass building - from deep orange red to indigo blue - continuing and responding to the architectural inversion of the inside outside spaces and the play of mirroring and reflections of the AJ Foyer architecture itself.

Inside the AJ Foyer, the visitors can enter an immersive installation Through the Looking Glasses based on the Ganzfeld effect. They wear a pair of specially designed non-see-through glasses, against which a range of slowly cross-fading colours is projected. Wearing a set of headphones, they listen to white noise based on granular synthesis. The eye sees uniform colour fields with no recognizable spatial border or shape, and the ear hears no recognizable sound related to the environment but a continuous noise wave. ‘Looking outside’ becomes ‘looking inside’. The visitors are taken to ‘no space’: a sensory immersion within this no-space of colour and noise, a highly affective state. Visitors who experience the piece are visible to passers-by as a part of the exhibit, while also being totally immersed in a different environment and cut off from the outside.


Through the Looking Glasses as part of the Looking-Glass House

About Ganzfeld effect: ‘When our brains are starved of any stimuli after staring at any featureless, uninterrupted field even for a few seconds, it triggers the Ganzfeld effect, which in German means ‘total field’ or ‘entire field’. The ancient Greeks and Tibetans engaged in a similar process by entering dark caverns to receive insights from their subconscious minds, or from the otherworldly realms. This phenomenon has been experienced by arctic explorers staring at featureless expanses of white snow, prisoners in dark cells (termed ‘prisoner’s cinema”), astronauts, pilots, and miners trapped in underground caverns who end up having visions of apparitions.’


A training based on Ganzfeld effect is undergone by astronauts preparing for travel in outer space.

Andrea Božić and Julia Willms’ video installation The Cube can be seen in the Städtische Galerie KUBUS.


About the festival:

The KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen in Hanover is an annual international and interdisciplinary festival in which music plays a central role. For the 13th edition of the festival, artistic director Ingo Metzmacher and the dramaturgy have again put together a diverse program that transcends genre boundaries and invites the audience to unique artistic experiences. From 12 May to 29 May 29 2022, the KunstFestSpiele will present musical theater, performances, concerts, dance and theater performances, and installations by international artists. Some of the works on display have been specially commissioned and developed for the venues of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen.

More information here



Concept and audio-visual installation Andrea Božić and Julia Willms animation and editing Julia Willms sound Robert Pravda technical development Paul Beumer and Erik Denneborg software development Nikzad Arabshahi

Through the Looking Glasses installation, which is part of the Looking-Glass House, is made by Julia Willms, Andrea Božić and Robert Pravda | TILT

Produced by TILT, realised with the financial contribution of KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen.
The orginal version of Through the Looking Glasses was produced as part of Mars Landing - a Frascati Production in co-production with the Rathenau Institute and ICKamsterdam, and was realised with the financial contribution of the VSBfonds, the Dutch Performing Arts Fund and Fonds 1818. TILT receives structural subsidy from the Amsterdam Fund for the Art for the period 2021-2024.

Images by Andrea Bozic and Julia Willms

Preview: Friday, 13 May — 21.00 hrs
Opening: Saturday, 14 May 2022 — 21 hrs

Exhibition: 14.05.2022 – 23.05.22, daily from 21.00-23.00 hrs*

Arne Jacobsen Foyer
Herrenhäuser Str. 3
30419 Hanover, Germany

Admission free

All further information HERE

*except Mon 16.05., Mon 23.05. and Sat 28.05


Artist Talk: Sunday, 29. May 2022, 14:00 hrs
Anne Prenzler and Rainer Hofmann concerse with Andrea Božić and Julia Willms at KUBUS (Free admission, in English)




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