Kairos at Red Bull Music Academy
Client: Red Bull Music Academy
With the help of curator Ken Farmer and architect Jeffrey Inaba, four floors have been remodeled, with a local perspective provided by installations from 29 local artists. The works provide a refracted yet opposite views from, and of, this iconic city. Ancient Greeks had two notions of time: chronos and kairos. Chronos represented a quantitative, measurable time – the ticking clock; kairos represented a more qualitative moment – an opportunity to be seized. Recognizing the intense duality between urgency and anxiety that Red Bull Music Academy participants confront during their two-week tenure, kairos presents a selection of works to coexist within the Academy, offering aphorisms, meditation, and comic relief as a temporal reminder of presence and opportunity. The exhibition emplifies a suspended tension: the held breath, the moment before the bell rings, before the roller coaster dives, before the glass breaks. It is a provocation to take time into one’s own hands.