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Setting the Scene

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Rodarte
Location: Gagosian Gallery, NYC
The Stage: A broken-down landscape punctuated with columns of blinding light, designed to explore the link between site-specific art and the search for life in space.
Set Designers: Rodarte and Alexandre de Betak of Bureau Betak.
Lighting Designer: Philippe Cerceau.
Inspiration: Artists like Robert Smithson, Olafur Eliasson, and Dan Flavin; films such as Donnie Darko, THX 1138, and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Materials Used: Hammers and chainsaws.
How Long It Took to Build: One day to make the hole in the wall and a day and a half for lighting and the rest.
… And to Break Down: Half a day to break down the room and lighting and two days to rebuild the wall.


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