Tonight sees the openin of Ikon’s new Eastside space at 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. The opening exhibition is SOI PROJECT Island comprises a 3D island covered in satellite images from Google Earth.
Established in 2003 by Japanese architect Jiro Endo and Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong, Soi Project is a group of artists, musicians, architects and designers engaging audiences in interactive and social situations. Soi launches Ikon’s new Eastside space with a three-dimensional island, an imaginary land mass made from a composite of satellite images drawn from Google Earth™. The passage of time on the island is simulated through the use of lighting that gradually shifts from night time darkness through brilliant daylight over a 24 minute cycle. Visitors are encouraged to influence the landscape and occupy areas of their choice by attaching templates of buildings, swimming pools and beach umbrellas.
There is a free bus running (7.30pm & 8.00pm) from Ikon Brindleyplace – where there is also a private view of the Lutz and Guggisberg exhibition.