Borealis - London


After travelling to Japan and Australia, BOREALIS lit up the Tower of London. On 4th - 6th April, from nightfall, people in the city experienced the magic of the Northern Lights. Time slowed down as eyes looked up ; an aurora, here and now, in our latitudes?

Dan Acher's creation is as much a work of art as it is a technological performance. High power laser beams travel through particle clouds to create the illusion. Variations in movement, colour, and density, together with changing weather conditions, give infinite variations. A unique aurora is created each time.

Throughout the ages man has attributed countless legends to the phenomenon. BOREALIS is about our ancestral communion with nature and about our recent compulsion to control it.

OXSA's musical composition supports this monumental piece, premiered over the Rolex Learning Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to mark the opening of the new ArtLab building in November 2016.

Music by OXSA
Video by Progressive Pictures
Photos: Pink and Ink Photography / Joe Pepler


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, November 2016
Adelaide Fringe Festival, February 2018

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