The Lights are no Brighter at the Centre, 2017
Painted MDF, theater lights, HD projection, sawdust;
Overall dimensions variable; 9′21′′; Edition 2
The Lights are no Brighter at the Centre is an installation by Liam Gillick that emerged from the artistís 2017 collaboration with band New Order. First shown at CAC Vilnius in 2017, The Lights are no Brighter at the Centre consists of an architectural model of a suburban industrial area. Multi-colored lights, projected animation, and a soundtrack evoke the idea of a nightclub located on the outskirts of a city. We hear ambient sounds of crickets chirping, dogs barking in the distance, and a passing train. Suddenly, muffled music emitting from one of the buildings is audible. As the cycle ends, car headlights crisscross the scene. The work is a tribute to the periphery and improvised zones of conviviality; the sawdust covering the floor refers to the habit of using the material to soak up beer or blood from a brawl. While looking from the center outwards, certain places might seem remote and irrelevant; but despite the location the lights are no dimmer when you stand next to them.