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Matthew Ritchie: The Morning Line at CAAC, Sevilla

February 20, 2009

As part of our trip to Madrid we visited the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) in Sevilla, Spain (2.20 hours away from Madrid by High Speed Train). Located right in the front of the CAAC we encountered an installation by Matthew Richie, titled The Morning Line. The installation was commissioned by the Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary Foundation (T-B A21).

The Morning Line is a new experimental project by Matthew Richie, designed in collaboration with architects Aranda / Lasch and Daniel Bosia of Arup Advanced Geometry Unit. The Morning Line explores the interdisciplinary interplays betweeen art, architecture, mathematics, cosmology, music, and science. The Morning Line was presented at biacs3: youniverse, the 3rd Sevilla Biennial (Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla).

Matthew Ritchie was born in London in 1964. He began exhibiting in New York in 1995 with Basilico Fine Arts, after many years working as a building superintendant. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Bienal and the Sydney Biennial. He lives and works in New York.

Matthew Ritchie: The Morning Line at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo Sevilla, Spain. February 14, 2009.

PS: Many thanks to our great tour guide Antonio Doblas and the City of Sevilla.

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There is no single way in or out, no final form. The Morning Line’s narrative by Matthew Ritchie revisits John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to propose a new kind of place that might exist after the second ‘fall’ of mankind – while at the same time acknowledging the unpredictable nature of such a future. Deep inside the structure, an interactive film describes the evolution of the universe as a story without beginning or end, only movement around multiple centers. A platform for contemporary music, The Morning Line is as much an instrument as a building, saturated with speakers, using a unique interactive ambisonic system designed by Matthew Ritchie and the Music Research Center at York University. (Excerpt from the press release).

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