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Melt: Interactive installation by cantoni crescenti opens at Urbane KŁnste Ruhr
cantoni crescent, “Melt” © Leonardo Crescenti.
DUISBURG.- Melt is an interactive installation that reacts to the movement of the visitors through its kinetic surface. The Brazilian collaborative duo cantoni crescenti develops innovative works worldwide that explore complex environments and interact with the surrounding space. At Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Rejane Cantoni and Leonardo Crescenti present Melt: a 70 meter long walk-in installation under one of the abandoned blast furnaces. The artwork with its mirroring surface pictures the impressive industrial architecture of the former ironworks in a constantly changing manner.

Melt consists of 50 aligned and polished aluminum plates held by nearly 2.000 steel springs. Visitors interact with the installation as well as with each other. In function of the direction and force of the steps and of the body weight, the plate stepped upon inclines, thereby moving the entire structure. Interacting visitors emit and receive signals, provoke audio-visual-tactile transformations, establish reciprocal relations and translate the dynamics of others into own movements.

Every year, Urbane KŁnste Ruhr develops a contribution to the Ruhrtriennale that refers to the urban space of the respective industrial-culture venues. In 2012, the interactive light work Pulse Park by Canadian-Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was realized at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. 2013 was the 26 m high water installation TOWER / INSTANT STRUCTURES FOR Schacht XII by the British artists group rAndom International at the site of world heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen a popular visitor site

The Brazilian artists Rejane Cantoni and Leonardo Crescenti have worked together as an artist duo since 2005. They have held numerous exhibitions in art institutions worldwide, including Ars Electronica in Linz, Berlin and Mťxico City, The Creators Project in New York and S„o Paulo, Glow and STRP festivals in Eindhoven. In 2010 they received the VIDA 13.2 prize for SPEAK and a special mention for TUNNEL in Linz, at Ars Electronica. The artists live and work in S„o Paulo.

Urbane KŁnste Ruhr is the new regional art institution in the cultural metropolis Ruhr. Under the artistic direction of Katja AŖmann, Urbane KŁnste Ruhr develops and realizes artistic productions in urban space together with artists, networks and cultural institutions. The context of the city opens up new avenues of intervention to art, as well as possibilities to initiate social and aesthetic changes. Urbane KŁnste Ruhr together with the Ruhrtriennale, Tanzlandschaft Ruhr and Chorwerk Ruhr, is a part of Kultur Ruhr GmbH, supported by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Regionalverband Ruhr, based in Gelsenkirchen.

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