The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Sunday, August 21, 2011

On June 21, 2011, legendary progressive house DJ Richie Hawtin delivered a monumental performance at the Grand Palais in Paris in front of Anish Kapoor's epic sculpture "Leviathan". The two worked together to design the atmosphere of the live event. In this amazing video from event producers The Creator's Project, Hawtin discusses the preparation for the event which brought together two very different forms of large-scale experiential art.

A longer video showing Hawtin and Kapoor discussing the project is available on VBS.TV's Creator's Project website.

More about the event from earlier promotions after the jump:

An audio-visual artwork of unparalleled scale by a legendary DJ and Artist at a landmark location. Richie Hawtin will play a rare four-hour set from within the sculpture.

Monumenta is an artistic interaction of titanic proportions, filling 13,500m” and a height of 35m in the Nave of the Grand Palais, of the most beautiful spaces in France; organised by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication, the exhibition is co-produced by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, the Etablissement Public du Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

For its fourth incarnation, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication has invited Anish Kapoor, one of his generation’s greatest creative minds, to produce a new work for the Nave’s monumental space, from 11May to 23 June 2011...and they have asked for global techno mastermind Richie Hawtin to perform a light and sound show WITHIN the installation as part of the living artwork.

The Grand Palais Nave is an attractive space for an artist, but also very challenging. Their artwork must work with the space, while retaining its own identity. Anish Kapoor’s response is imbued with the simplicity marking the work of great artists: he has created a “space within a space”.

The visitor is therefore invited to enter the artwork, to emerge himself in its colour, to undertake a contemplative and poetic journey that favours meditation. Playing with virtuosity on volumes, verticals and horizontals, Anish Kapoor has built a work that is open, in the widest sense of the term; he has invented an essential, virtually immaterial world, where everyone is invited to travel at will, in both physical and imaginative terms.

On the night of the Summer Solstace, in the heart of Fete de la Musique, Richie Hawtin will create an audio-visual bond between word, music, dance and the artwork space by facilitating the dialogue between Anish Kapoor’s work and the creations it shelters between 6pm and midnight.
 5000 visitors will be admitted, free, at any given time to immerse themselves in this art performance during a filmed, streamed audio visual performance led by Richie Hawtin from within the artwork, he will play a rare four-hour set from within the location, and for the first time, is allowing his set to be streamed live worldwide in audio and multi-camera courtesy of Be-At TV.