Artist Chiharu Shiota – renowned for linking various aspects of artistic performances with traditional installation practices – has transformed the Blain | Southern Gallery in Berlin by using 750,000 metres of thread from 5,000 balls of blood-red yarn. In total, the fully-immersive installation stands at 10 metres tall and fills the entire gallery space. Titled, ‘Uncertain Journey’, the exhibition piece can be viewed from a variety of angles; from the inside or looking down from a mezzanine above which each provide their own unique perspective on the exhibit piece. chiharu-shiota-uncertain-journey-2016-installation-view-courtesy-the-artist-and-blainsouthern-photo-christian-glaeser The enchanting labyrinth of kaleidoscopic colour represents Shiota’s first hometown exhibit in over eight years and has been unveiled as part of Berlin Art Week. The site-specific installation also incorporates a range of metal sculptures that are made to look like skeletons of the hulls of boats that have been caught in a giant net. The nautical boats have become synonymous with Shiota’s work as they have appeared across an array of previous installation, most noticeable at Venice Biennale last year. chiharu-shiota-strange-home-detail-2016-courtesy-the-artist-and-blainsouthern-photo-christian-glaeser chiharu-shiota-uncertain-journey-2016-installation-view-courtesy-the-artist-and-blainsouthern-photo-christian-glaeser “Boats are always travelling, always carrying people, so in a sense we are always in a boat – ready to go but we don’t know exactly where to go. This is the concept that I wanted to express with the boat,” explains Shiota. “Our life is a trip without a destination, we don’t know where we’re going, and it’s easy to say the end is death, but that’s too easy for me. I wanted to emphasise this feeling of travelling with nowhere to,” she adds. Make sure you pay a visit to Blain | Southern Gallery in Berlin before the exhibition closes on the 12th November 2016.