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Fluxland: Floating Artwork on the Thames

This autumn, a new interactive artwork by French artist Cyril de Commarque will arrive in London to delight and intrigue art lovers as part of the Totally Thames festival.

Fluxland, a 25m-long former freight boat mounted with a mirrored polyhedron sculptural form, will make a series of journeys along the Thames during September as a travelling visual and sound installation.

De Commarque, who lives and works in London, has had work featured in shows at the Grand Palais and the Bibliothèque National de France in Paris, as well as the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice alongside work by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Ai Weiwei.

Fluxland, which takes its name from the Fluxus movement (an artistic revolution during the 1960s that sought to break down the boundaries between art and life and facilitate unexpected encounters with art in the public realm) will serve as a space for debate and discourse, where leading thinkers and keynote speakers will come together for a conference. The conversation, which will focus on philosophy, history and the notion of human progress, will be shown online.

The boat’s polyhedron form is influenced by the belief in ancient Greek philosophy that the shape inspires philosophical and artistic contemplation. The mirrored surface invites internal contemplation while reflecting the external world.

Fluxland will be both visible and audible from the banks of the river Thames during its journeys, and will reflect passing buildings across its angled facets, offering a unique perspective on London’s famous skyline.

Cyril de Commarque: Fluxland, from 8 September 2016. Various locations, River Thames, London. www.fluxland.co.uk. This event is part of Totally Thames that runs from 1-30 September 2016, www.totallythames.org