Another Confrontation by Agnes Denes – Bringing art actvism to iconic global screens
Forty years since pioneering environmental artist Agnes Denes (b.1931) first sowed the seeds of her prophetic public artwork Wheatfield - A Confrontation (May 1982), transforming the land that became New York’s Battery Park City into a two-acre wheat field, CIRCA presents ‘Another Confrontation’. With this new commission, Denes transforms Piccadilly Lights and other major screens around the world into platforms for change. Featuring three new video works alongside a specially created interactive AR wheat field on Instagram, Denes alerts audiences once again to the planet’s continuing humanitarian and environmental challenges. Every night at 22:22 hrs (local time), forty years since Agnes Denes (b.1931) first sowed the seeds of her prophetic public artwork Wheatfield – A Confrontation (May 1982), CIRCA presents ‘Another Confrontation’. With this new commission, Denes transforms major screens around the world into platforms for environmental change. Featuring three new video works alongside a specially created interactive AR wheatfield with Meta Open Arts on Instagram, Denes alerts audiences once again to the planet’s continuing humanitarian and environmental challenges.
Another Confrontation by Agnes Denes: Berlin, Kurfürstendamm
“Agnes Denes is a pioneer who alerted the world to humanitarian and environmental issues when very few people were paying attention.” said Josef O’Connor, Artistic Director of CIRCA. “Pushing boundaries once again, we are honored to be marking the 40th anniversary of Wheatfield–A Confrontation with Another Confrontation, combining video with augmented reality to present her timely message on a global stage and introduce her prophetic legacy to a new generation.”
CIRCA and Piccadilly Lights have commissioned an AR wheat field to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Denes’s best known public artwork Wheatfield—A Confrontation. Expanding the experience into mobile devices, a special collaboration with Meta Open Arts has enabled the development of an AR-generated wheat field by AR Outdoor Media Company, Darabase, with the advanced camera filter enabling global Instagram users to tap and grow their very own augmented wheat field.
Coinciding with Agnes Denes’ 91st birthday on 31 May 2022, a curated selection of AR wheat field photos generated by the public will be presented by CIRCA on London’s iconic Piccadilly Lights. Visit @circa.art on Instagram to step inside the AR wheat field. Upload and hashtag #AnotherConfrontation before 20th May 2022 for a chance to see your image appear on the world famous screen.
Another Confrontation by Agnes Denes: London, Piccadilly Lights
When and Where
20:22 BST - London, Piccadilly Lights
20:22 CET - Berlin, Limes, Kurfürstendamm
20:22 PST - Los Angeles, Pendry West Hollywood
20:22 ACT - Melbourne, Fed Square
20:22 UTC - Milan, Luxottica, Piazzale Cadorna
20:22 EST - New York, Luxottica, Times Square
20:22 KST - Seoul, COEX K-Pop Square