Mark Fisher: Drawing Entertainment
Mark Fisher (1947–2013) was the greatest entertainment architect of rock sets and spectaculars. He created dazzling and innovative shows for the tours of the most famous singers and groups of our time including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson and Jean-Michel Jarre, as well as creating outdoor extravaganzas for Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil.
Before Fisher, audiences watched bands play on a bare stage with a few flashing lights and perhaps a bit of film flickering behind them. After Fisher, audiences participated in wild electronic sensory theatrical experiences. In Germany, and for the world, Mark Fisher is celebrated as the designer of that great historical moment watched live by nearly half a million people, and millions more on global television, where nine months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, amidst the ruins of the former no-man’s land between Potsdamer Platz and Pariser Platz, he constructed the legendary The Wall – Live in Berlin concert for Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and guest artists.
Mark Fisher’s drawings rock. He was an exquisite and beautiful draughtsman. Trained at the Architectural Association school of architecture in London in the 1960s, Fisher was taught by members of the famously influential Archigram Group who revolutionised futuristic design through their drawings of a high-tech world. Fisher started to explore the new pop architecture, and especially lightweight pneumatic structures which legendarily he put into practice with the giant articulated inflatable characters in his Pink Floyd and The Wall shows. As a stage designer, his drawings could be technical as well as dazzling: swirling rich pastels of radiant psychedelic light effects streaking across the night sky of velvet black paper. He was also of the generation who transitioned to computer-aided design (CAD) while never leaving behind his sense of drawing brilliance.
The exhibition on Mark Fisher will explore his career as an entertainment architect through nearly one hundred of his drawings, highlighted by his 1990 The Wall – Live in Berlin staging, as well as sketchbooks, photographs and videos of his live concerts.
Bild: Mark Fisher. Perspektive für das Bühnenbild der weltweiten Tour „Zoo TV“ der Rockband U2, 1992, Tusche, Gouache, Airbrush und Collage auf Papierm 565 × 760 mm © Mark Fisher Collection © Stufish entertainment Architects & Cristina Garcia
- 9 November 2021 to 16 January 2022
Tchoban Foundation. Museum für Architekturzeichnung
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