Concept Image for Empty Time. Image credit: Pritika Chowdhry.
Empty Time debuts at Northern Spark as an experience-based, interactive display that allows visitors to experience how glass art captures light and sound in an entirely new way. Installation artist Pritika Chowdhry investigates the power of language as a container of emotion, arranging a collection of glass vessels inspired by ASI’s glass collection. In this durational, site-specific installation Chowdhry arranges uniquely to form the phrase, Empty Time. The vessels will be filled with a liquid to varying levels, which will evaporate over the duration of the installation. Based on the Indian musical practice of Jal Tarang, the audience may interact with the work by lightly touching the vessels with small bamboo or reed sticks, thus creating sounds to animate the work and the space in which it is installed.
The curation of Swedish Glass has traditionally been presented within an established framework that defines what and how glass art should be displayed – typically as a commodity to be bought and sold that reflects Nordic design and craft. Through this installation, Chowdhry presents ASI’s historic glass collection in a new, immersive way.