, Wood Street
20th September - 30th November 2008
Land is a stunning audio-visual experience currently showing at FACT.
It is a welcome addition to the Biennial in my opinion, as it is a genuinely
engaging experience unlike most conceptual art.
Langheinrich’s piece is a vast installation that combines 3D visuals
with a pounding electronic soundtrack. The power of the piece lies in
the uncertainty of what it is we are witnessing while the foreboding,
all encompassing sound builds steadily in crescendo. While sat experiencing
the piece the lad next to me turned to his mate and said "I feel
like I’m having a bad trip!"
Land does not so much draw you in as grab you by the scruff of the neck
and drag the viewer into it. Langheinrich skilfully uses ambiguity as
his visuals, which could be cigarette smoke or clouds before changing
into hypnotising television interference, allow the viewers’ imagination
to wander. If you are able to withstand the strobe lighting and gut churning
noise (meant in the best possible way) Land is a rewarding and engaging