Blesok no. 87, November-December, 2012
Rafmögnuð Náttúra is a temporary and site-specific light installation that animates the facade of Iceland’s Hallgrímskirkja Church with a large 3d video-mapping projection. Inspired by the natural conditions of Iceland and working with the unique architecture of the church, Marcos Zotes transformed the static condition of this iconic landmark into a dynamic, engaging and interactive visual experience. Zotes’ intention was to intervene in the city by socially activating an inactive urban public space, temporarily becoming a vibrant community place.
Marcos Zotes’ Rafmögnuð Náttúra was selected as the winner competition entry for the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012 opening act, which was organized by Höfuðborgarstofa, Orkusalan and the Iceland Design Centre. With only three weeks to deliver his winning light installation, Marcos Zotes gathered and lead a multidisciplinary team in New York and Reykjavik to collaborate with him in his creation. The collaboration of different media artists, and a strong attitude towards a multidisciplinary approach to their artwork, formed the central core for the success of Rafmögnuð Náttúra. The project provided a unique opportunity for exploring new collaborative processes for creative production, in which a team of architects, designers, visual artists, musicians, dance performers and video artists were brought together to share their particular tools, art techniques, and design methods towards a unified vision.