Karolina Halatek: »Terminal«
Bright light streams from the tunnel-like immersive installation on Gerlingen's busy Rathausplatz. With the work “Terminal”, Polish artist Karolina Halatek invites passers-by to take a moment to walk into a dazzling space of bright white light. Encircled by illumination, the visitors are given a chance to step out of what is known and mundane, to a new unexpected dimension of light. Pure structure transforms the perception of time and space and provides an opportunity for the audience to contemplate and focus on their own sense of self. The “Terminal” can be described as a passage, a process, yet a void filled by light.
Born in Poland in 1985, Karolina Halatek uses light as the key medium and material for her installations and videos. She is fascinated by the power of light to convert the objective fixation of visual experience into a pure experience of light. Halatek creates experiential spaces at the interface between the visual, the architectural and the sculptural. She is also interested by some of the methods used by scientists. For example, in her video »Source Test« she uses state-ofthe- art technology to manifest the otherwise invisible discharge between two electrodes. Karolina Halatek studied Design for Performance at the UAL London, Fine Arts at the UdK Berlin and Media Art in Warsaw, and is a scholarship holder at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.
Gerlingen's town hall square, the Rathausplatz, was created out of a former street known as Badgässle. After being refurbished in 2008, it is now the heart of Gerlingen, a place for people to get together. Surrounded by the old and new town halls, the indoor swimming pool, the concert hall, the houses on the main street and office buildings, it is the hub of Gerlingen's town centre. Public buildings, shops and restaurants all come together in these historic surroundings.
Open to visitors at all times