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Ansuman Biswas: Gnomon

Artist talk: Ansuman Biswas

04 Feb 2010

Introduction to Gnomon, a site specific work in the Stuart Hall Library

  • Venue

    Rivington Place

  • Time


  • Admission

    Free. Please book on 0207 749 1240

  • Artists

    Ansuman Biswas

On Thursday 4 February at 6:30pm artist Ansuman Biswas introduced his new commission in the context of the architecture of Rivington Place. He will be in conversation with Andrew Mitchelson of the Live Art Development Agency.

Light boxes incorporate kinetic elements which echo the lines and angles of the building and bookshelves.

The work responds to the unique architecture of the building and sits nestled within the library’s window alcoves. Here, shadow forms subtly respond to the breath and heat of the readers who animate the space. These absences of light make visible the flow of information which is the life of the building.

The artist has imagined the building as an observatory. Many of the first buildings were tools for understanding the cosmos; Stonehenge, Jantar Mantar and Macchu Picchu were designed to locate oneself in the heavens. They stood amongst constantly changing angles of light, caught in the intersection of the human and the more-than-human environment. Similarly, Rivington Place was designed in relation to the sun.