This video gives you an impression of the exhibition Ballads by Sarkis (Istanbul, 1938) in the former Submarine Wharf in the Port of Rotterdam. In the summer of 2012 Sarkis transformed the two halls of the industrial wharf into a unique installation, where the visitor was immersed in a world of mysticism and symbolism. You hear the sound of a carillon with 43 bells, suspended from a construction of 18 enormous tree trunks. The carillon plays the work ‘Litany for the Whale’ by avant-garde composer John Cage (1912-1992).
Visitors wandered through the installation on foot, or explored the installation on one of the bicycles covered in white down feathers. At the end of the exhibition, just before the exit, Sarkis asks the visitors to give something in return for a wonderful experience.
The exhibition closed after a successful summer: in 4 months 13.000 art, culture, music and architecture lovers visited the exhibition.