San’s here and a few days ago I had the chance to visit Fundación Telefónica and see the “Ritmos de Luz” (Rhythms of Light) by Jim Campbell. The exhibition took up the main space in the third level of the building and is comprised of different light installations, which mostly feature movements of people walking.
What was amazing is that Campbell did not project videos onto a blank space or canvas; instead, he uses hundreds (maybe thousands) of LEDs of the same color and programmed the movement of the lights, so that it appears like a video. In some installations, the lights change as you move; in others, the positioning of the LEDs are made threedimensional, creating a pop-up effect of movements through lights.
A couple of years ago, I had visited the Fundación Telefónica, which is a space comprised of 4 (or 5?) storeys and form part of the emblematic Telefónica building in Gran Vía, Madrid. On my first visit, I went with a group of friends and we visited an exhibition of the growth of communication means. I, personally, am interested in cryptography, and since it’s a form of communication, the exhibition was exciting to see.
Fundación Telefónica not only features a permanent exhibition (history of communication) or a temporary exhibition (now, it’s “Ritmos de Luz), but also has an elevator with a trapesium floorplan (and it was a huge elevator), a sculptural metal intervention in between its main stairs, a small souvenir booth, and a café. There’s also a small room in its back, with an architectural model of the Telefónica building and an access to the main Telefónica building.
In short, I was impressed by Campbell’s exhibition. If you’re in Madrid and you’re looking for cheap but great entertainment, you can go to Fundación Telefónica. The access is free!