Sankalpa at Swarovski Kristallwelten
The current exhibition at Swarovski’s Kristallwelten is an intriguing installation that utilises the disciplines of film and architecture in order to create a hybrid format - specifically designed to alter conventional expectation.
The ambitious project, titled: Sankalpa, is brought together by Oscar-nominated director Shekhar Kapur, and internationally renowned architect David Adjaye, who both wanted to alter the generic approach that one takes when exposed to the mediums of architecture and film.
Sankalpa, a term taken from Indian yoga-thought, means: resolution, free will and imagination, and is designed to completely alter the cinematic experience: by having Kapur’s film, Passage, viewed through Adjayes crystalline architecture, the exhibition thus incorporates a major element of Swarovski’s oeuvre, in that the crystal is a facilitator of ‘moving pictures’.
The exhibition is the most recent in a series of experiences that give alternate interpretations by using crystals as a medium.
Hosted amongst the opulent surroundings of Swarovski’s Kristallwelten in Austria, the building encompasses a huge complex of labyrinths built in 1995 to celebrate 100 years of Swarovski. The attraction has attracted 9 million visitors to date.