The Romanian collective VisualSkin created the spectacular Ghost Ship for the previous edition of Amsterdam Light Festival. Spotlights and streams of water created the illusion of an enormous 17th century ship in 3D. VisualSkin returns this year with an artwork for the walking route Illuminade. It’s a device that makes you wonder why it isn’t always located in the public space. The work’s title, Kaleidoscope Europe, has a double meaning. On the one hand, the well-known toy creates a wonderful world, thanks to the tube of mirrors and light. On the other hand, the word ‘scope’ in the title refers to the scope or extent of friendship. Mihai Baba of VisualSkin explains, “The work is about friendship and tolerance of all people, regardless of religion, sexual orientation or gender.” That helps to explain the many colors of this interactive artwork, and it’s easy to control it. Grab the handlebar, ask a stranger to do the same on the other side, and turn the kaleidoscope together. Or, take a seat and watch the lighting effects unfold.
Since 2009, Ioan-Mihai Baba has been creating video projections under the name VisualSkin. Since its foundation, VisualSkin has grown with the participation of architects Virgiliu Guraliuc, Alexandra Sucie and Diana Folea, who each exercise their own specialization. They are particularly interested in video mapping, 3D projections and open-source software. The members of VisualSkin regard their video projections as stories that should be told.