Markos Zotes’s Pixel Cloud exhibition at Reykjavik’s Winter Lights Festival

Pixel Cloud installation in Austurvölllur Square, Reykjavik. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Pixel Cloud installation in Austurvölllur Square, Reykjavik. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Standing out spectacularly from the regular clouds and drawing the attention of the crowds in Reykjavik is a very curious exhibition called the Pixel Cloud. Created and designed by the talented (and award winning) architect and artist Marcos Zotes - the Pixel Cloud installation has been illuminating Austurvöllur Square in the heart of Reykjavik as part of the Winter Lights Festival 2013 since the opening ceremony on Thursday evening.

Crowds gather to see Marcos Zotes's Pixel Cloud. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Crowds gather to see Marcos Zotes’s Pixel Cloud. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

The Pixel Cloud (as you can see in the photos) is essentially a three-dimensional construction of scaffolding dressed in a semi-transparent fabric acting as a screen to capture a projection of remarkable digital images, which are also motion-activated. Now I could easily go and Google the true meaning of this extraordinary piece, but where’s the fun in that? The whole point of art is to be multi-dimensional in meaning right? So in my humble attempt at analysis, I think that apart from it being an extreme make-over of the functional and unattractive qualities of everyday scaffolding – so common-place in our growing cities; with a title like “Pixel Cloud” it’s possibly also a beautiful, but sad reflection of the impact of modern technology on nature – or perhaps I’ve just been reading too much about geo-engineering!

Motion activated patterns in the Pixel Cloud. Image Roman Gerasymenko

Motion activated patterns in the Pixel Cloud. Image Roman Gerasymenko

I could have (alternatively) gotten the answer straight from Mr. Zotes himself, since he’s been directing every show since it opened, but instead of asking him what it’s all about, I asked him what his favourite thing is about Iceland, to which his adorable reply was, “my wife!” Apart from his wife, he also has a soft spot for the “warm and friendly” people of Iceland. I can’t argue with that :-)

Marcos Zotes at the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2013. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Marcos Zotes at the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2013. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

 

 

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