Surfacing II, Art Basel




Basel, Switzerland


Premiering at Art Basel 2024 “Surfacing II” (2024) is an illuminated cube of rain penetrated by a line of light evoking the artist's (Es Devlin) earliest memory.

The memory is conjured by the artist’s recorded voice while every bright line of LED light is used to recalibrate the viewer’s eyes.

A dance performance featuring Paris-based choreographer Sharon Eyal distinctive sequences of meticulously sustained demi pointe breaking into poignant evocative micro-gesture, is perceived through a mutating veil of illuminated falling water, circulating through a constantly recycling closed system. The installation is the second chapter of a two-part series during Art Basel 2024 and was commissioned by BMW.

Photos by Lucy Emms.