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01 Sep | 20h14 - 2h



Yvette Mattern

Viewing Point: Jardin du Pharo,

Yvette Mattern will be installing her Global Rainbow at the Tour La Marseillaise building in the heart of the Joliette neighbourhood of Marseille. Seven powerful light beams representing the colours of the rainbow will create a luminescent ceiling above the city.

People are invited to come to the Jardin du Pharo at nightfall to enjoy one of the best views of the installation. The Global Rainbow will be beamed from atop Jean Nouvel’s symbolic building, projected at a height of 135 metres. The Global Rainbow project will be lit at precisely 8:14pm and will be visible until 2am.

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Yvette Mattern sees her rainbow laser installation as a visual translation of hope and peace that aims to connect all demographics. Featuring beams that can travel up to 60km, this project will literally illuminate the skies above Marseille with seven powerful lines of light representing the spectrum of colours in the rainbow.

Yvette Mattern (born San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a New York and Berlin based visual artist whose work has an emphasis on video and film, which frequently intersects performance, public art and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Yvette Mattern received her MFA in New York City from Columbia University’s Film Division in 1987.  She has worked on and collaborated with many artists on film and theater projects including Cindy Sherman’s theatrical feature ‘Office Killer’, Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage, Diller+Scofidio and The Builder’s Association among many others.

Video and light sculptures have been exhibited internationally including Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image since 1970,  Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, G, Black Light/White Noise, Houston Contemporary Museum of Art, Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, Equatorial Rhythms, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, You won’t feel a thing, WYSPA Institute of Art, Poland and more.

Her ongoing monumental laser light installation Global Rainbow has been presented over fifteen times since 2009 including: launching the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the Northeast, Northwest England and Northern Ireland.

Additional Global Rainbow presentations include:  Transmediale 2010 in Berlin,  Nantes, France,  Nuit Blanche Metz, Toulouse, France, New York City with Art Production Fund, New Haven, CT with Site Projects, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and a special presentation in Pittsburgh with Lightwave International.

Ticket Info

Free Event

Free entry to the Jardin du Pharo starting at 6:30pm

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