Pioneering Hungarian artist Csontváry’s painting, Baalbek, symbolises the transition between heavenly, ethereal and earthly existence. The image is divided into three planes: one represents the city of earthly existence, bustling with people. In the middle of the space is the solar temple, connecting earth and sky. The third and final layer is the sky, which represents the divine world.
With their groundbreaking audiovisual installation of the same name, Andrea Sztovánovits and Gergely Álmos allow audiences to manipulate the projected image of the painting – allowing them to change the perspective, colours, and light effects – to mesmerising results. This interactive engagement unfolds against a medley of sounds: a sandstorm, the voice of a muezzin, the metallic ruckus of the city, and the play of bells; each representing one of the three planes comprising the image.