This project marks Oliver Beer’s return to Ikon, following our 2011 presentation of his remarkable video installation Pay and Display, produced in collaboration with Ex Cathedra. Outside-In, a permanent piece installed in a window of Ikon’s reception space looking out onto Oozells Square, is the outcome of the artist’s recent collaboration with Hermès, giving him access to their crystal-works, with highly skilled artisans and specialist equipment. It is essentially a simple transparent form in crystal, fitted into a window pane like an ear trumpet, so that the echoes of the world outside are filtered and directed to a tiny point where visitors can lend their ears.
Outside-In joins Ikon’s growing collection of permanent installations including Ron Terada’s IKON sign, Beat Streuli’s photographs on the doors to Café Opus, Martin Creed’s choral collaboration with Ex Cathedra in Ikon’s lift and Ignasi Aballí’s text-based work on the windows.
Outside-In is supported by Programme de résidences / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.