On the darkening Miami beach in December, the cool oceanfront was warmed by a cocktail party and its 500 guests. A hollow, white pavilion takes centre stage, emerging from the still water in languid, recurring sequences. Titled Slow-Moving Luminaries, the 3rd Audemars Piguet Art Commission at the Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 was an exploration of the interminable tension between nature and the artificial. Around the moving installation, guests were free to roam around a stunning labyrinth as they considered its message.

“The work focuses on this idea of shuttling between a sense of crisis, contemplation and meditation, in order to find stillness,” says Lars Jan, the artist. “The piece is a kinetic installation and highlights the motion of the sun through shadows and semi-transparent screens and materials. Contemporary architecture will converse with natural materials.”

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The work is no passive statement, though. Jan adds that Slow-Moving Luminaries invites the viewers to become part of the piece as they interact with it, moving beyond simply contemplating the work of art from a distance.

“Lars’ work encompasses very high-end and complex technologies and is rooted in ecology, philosophy, psychology, history and history of art, to name a few,” states guest-curator Kathleen Forde. “The way in which the Audemars Piguet team has supported Lars and myself, both intellectually and creatively, has been an authentic collaboration which has resulted in a truly impactful and experiential piece.” Originally launched in 2014, the Audemars Piguet Art Commission supports one emerging artist each year to create artworks of sophistication, precision, and experiential impact.

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