The exhibition "Electric Nights" by LABoral - until the 12 of September 2011 - takes its name from an 1928 film by Eugene Deslaw, in which the latter stages, as in a pyrotechnic show, the night lighting, the signs of neon and the windows of Paris, Berlin and Prague. Through a selection of works from the Center Georges Pompidou collection, the exhibition aims to show, through the visual resources of pyrotechnics, the continuity that exists between fire shows and the art of moving images: flowers, stars, rain, fire, storms, springs, volcanoes ...
The exhibition begins with a series of French engravings of the classical period and Japanese prints that represent fireworks, as well as with a set of pictures that introduce an important selection of experimental films and of contemporary works by Brion Gysin, Ange Leccia, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, among others.
The sample works according to the principle of fireworks, alternating installations with projections. Moving images are presented on screens of different formats that hang, at different heights, in space. The principle of horizontal vision is thus altered and we go through the exhibition as if we were watching a fireworks show: looking at the sky.
Exhibition conceived by the Center national d'art et de Culture Georges Pompidou and co-produced by LABoral Center for Art and Industrial Creation.
Commissioners: Philippe-Alain Michaud, Laurent Le Bon, Benjamin Weil.
Design of the exhibition: Raquel Gallego.
Artists: Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï, John Cale, Claude Closky, Eugene Deslaw, Audouin Dollfus, Helga Fanderl, Fischli / Weiss, Cai Guo-Qiang, Brion Gysin, Andor Kertész, Ange Leccia, Jean Le Pautre, Claude Lévêque, Rose Lowder, Anthony McCall, Dora Maar, Ana Mendieta, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Yoko Ono, Anri Sala, Roman Signer, Jose Antonio Sistiaga, Israël Sylvestre, Rui Toscano, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cerith Wyn Evans.
Graphic Design: The Studio of Fernando Gutiérrez.