The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains reach Madrid
Dirección: ESPACIO 5.1 | IFEMA Avda. Partenón, nº 5, 28042 Madrid Metro: línea 8 de metro (Parada Feria de Madrid). Autobús: líneas 112, 122 y 828.
Horario: De martes a domingo, de 11 a 22 h. Lunes cerrado excepto festivos, puentes y períodos vacacionales.
Sábados, domingos y festivos: entrada general: 19,90 € · Martes a Viernes: entrada general: 15,90 €
I discovered Pink Floyd through my father when I was an adolescent and they fascinated me. Their enveloping music and journey for the senses through their videos and their performances really connected with me to my benefit.
Unfortunately, I have never been able to see them live, so I have settled for seeing their concerts on video and enjoying their art in the film “The Wall” – Roger Waters new version is still pending-. However, we were able to revel in the super exhibition at IFEMA’s 5.1 Space yesterday all about this legendary band which changed the history of music forever.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the name given to this really interesting retrospective acclaimed by critics about the figure of Pink Floyd, their music, their image and staging of the band since their debut in the 60s until now, and their impact on the art and culture of our times.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition is a collaboration between the members of Pink Floyd and their curator Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, from design studio Hipgnosis, and Paula Webb Stainton, who has worked closely with members of the band among which is, Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s drummer and exhibition consultant. The sample includes over 350 objects compiled throughout the extraordinary path of this group. It’s an audio-visual journey through over five decades of one of the most iconic bands of all time, approached in collaboration with Stufish, leaders in entertainment architecture and historic stage designers of the British band.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is a Michael Cohl production, by Concert Productions International, originally created for London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and which works in collaboration with DG Entertainment and Sold Out as partners in Spain.
This immersive expo is toured through with headphones and an Audio guide intuitive system, made by sound experts Sennheiser, which is triggered automatically as you stand in front of each one of these scenes narrating the most relevant moments and details of the band. This is much like a chronicle path through Pink Floyd’s trajectory both past and present: Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour, connecting music, art, design, sound technology and live concerts related to such referential tracks such as The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell. A wonder indeed!
Among those numerous designer pieces exhibited, some stand out. Examples are the imagery created around Battersea’s Power Plant, by architects like Giles Gilbert Scott, London’s industrial construction immortalized by Roger Waters’ interpretation on the front cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977, “Animals”. Much like the world famous design of the cover of “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, in 1973, which was designed by Hipgnosis, the studio founded by co-curator of the Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Storm Thorgerson exhibition. Or the surprising design of “The Wall” album and its crazy array of characters designed by illustrator Gerald Scarfe, which were reworked by Mark Fisher as enormous inflatablesfor the following live show of The Wall, some of which have been recreated by Stufishy all form part of the exhibition. The expo also renders tribute to worldwide tours of albums like “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and “The Division Bell” with a special reconstruction of the lightbulb suit worn by a model in the photograph of the cover of album “Delicate Sound Of Thunder”, in 1988, taken close to Madrid!, and the gigantic “talking heads” conceived by Storm Thorgerson for the cover of 1994’s “The Division Bell”.
It’s an astounding journey which culminates in the Performance Area, where you delve into an immersive audio visual space which recreates Pink Floyd’s great classics like David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Masonen’s last performances, Live 8, with a special remix of “Comfortably Numb”, which uses Sennheiser’s innovative sound technology AMBEO 3D .
Basically, I can only conclude that this post recommends that you go and see it, because it’s really worth it. If you’re a fan of the band you will revel in its enjoyment and if you’re not…you’ll also enjoy the set up especially as it’s a whole sensorial experience.