Otto Piene’s “Lichtballett’’ or “Light Ballet’’ installation at MIT List Visual Arts Center. (Gunter Thorn)
Otto Piene’s lights dance in an enchanted world
Mysteries and marvels to be found in a revelatory installation at MIT
By Sebastian Smee Globe Staff / November 20, 2011
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The most beautiful room in greater Boston right now is a gallery in the MIT List Visual Arts Center at MIT. The gallery is really just a small, windowless room. It’s dark, too - or it would be if it weren’t for a constantly changing arrangement of patterned light orchestrated by 83-year-old artist Otto Piene. The light, part of a work called “Lichballett’’ or light ballet, plays across one wall and wanders onto the next, morphing in scale and clarity as it moves.
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