We were commissioned to make the audio visual element of the British Museum exhibition 'Sowei mask: Spirit of Sierra Leone'. This exhibition explores the cultural interaction that influenced the mask’s form and examines the ubiquity of Sowei masks in museums around the world. It was curated by Paul Basu and Julie Hudson featured a single mask, alongside panels of text and photography as well as our film.
The brief was to add a dynamic and contemporary audio visual component to an otherwise largely static exhibition, and to provide a soundscape for the exhibition.
We filmed a selection of the museum's extensive collection of Sowei masks at the British Museum's archive at Orsman Road. These were edited together with archive photography and Paul Basu's recordings of Sande Society rituals from different villages in Sierra Leone. Sound recordings of drumming and singing from these rituals makes up the soundtrack for the piece.
Creative Direction: Tim Cowie
Producer: Alice Ceresole
Editor: Tim Cowie
Studio shoot: Christopher Thomas Allen, Tim Cowie & Jai Rafferty
Documentary footage: Paul Basu
Public art commission for 350 Mission Building in City of San Francisco, California.
‘Virtual Depictions:San Francisco’ is a public art project by media artist Refik Anadol consist of series of parametric data sculptures that tell the story of the city and people around us within a unique artistic approach for 350 Mission’s media wall in collaboration with Kilroy Realty Corporation / John Kilroy and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Architects.
The main idea of ‘Virtual Depictions:San Francisco’ is to bring 21st century approach to public art to define new poetics of space through media arts and architecture and to create a unique parametric data sculptures that has an intelligence, memory and culture. Through architectural transformations of media wall located in 350 Mission’ lobby, home of Salesforce, main motivation with this seminal media architecture approach is to frame this experience with a meticulously abstract and cinematic site-specific data-driven narration. As a result, this media wall turns into a spectacular public event making direct and phantasmagorical connections to its surroundings through simultaneous juxtapositions. The project also intends to contribute to contemporary discourse of public art by proposing a hybrid blend of media arts and architecture in 21st century.
When creating this public artwork my goal was to make the invisible visible by embedding media arts into architecture to create a new way to experience a living urban space.
Medium: 6mm LED Media Wall
Dimensions: 40' x 70'
Custom Software (VVVV), 90 minutes long dynamic visual experience in 12 chapters.
8 Channel sound.
Shot ,edit and color-correction: Refik Anadol
Music: Goldmund - Threnody (Unseen-Music)
Sound Design: Kerim Karaoglu
Virtual Depictions: San Francisco By Refik Anadol
Commissioned by: Kilroy Realty Corporation
John B. Kilroy, Jr.
In cooperation with:
The City of San Francisco
Mayor Ed Lee
John Rahaim, Director of Planning
Sansi North America
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
DPA Fine Art Consulting
Deanna Postil Krawczyk – Michelle Isenberg
Refik Anadol Studios: Refik Anadol / Efsun Erkilic / Raman K. Mustafa
Kian Khiaban / Toby Heinemann / Rob Tom Browning / Bahadir Dagdelen / Yusuf Emre Kucur
Daghan Cam / Sebastian Neitsch / Johannes Timpernagel / Sebastian Huber / Kerim Karaoglu
Studio Management by DG Hunt & Associates, LLC
Special Thanks: Nicole Stromsness / Sarah MacIntyre / Douglas Giesey / Craig Hartman
Michael Fukutome / Eric Cole / Josh Cushner / Eric Covrig / Jason Cox / Pat Green
Julie Goodwin / Amanda Brownlee / Shannon Knuth