De Vleeshal`s presentation of the large-scale work Nightprowler was German artist Tobias Rehberger`s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands.
Especially for De Vleeshal, Rehberger built a sculptural environment for the music of Nightprowler. Nightprowler is a musical portrait of Rehberger, written at the artist`s request by German composer and musician Nicolai Markusis.
Rehberger`s environment for Nightprowler consisted of a complex system of labyrinthine corridors, made up of linked screens with silky paper stretched over them. Soft lights, both dim and bright, shimmered through the screens.
The screens were reminiscent of the serialist works produced by the Minimalists in the 1960`s and 1970`s. But whereas the Minimalists employed repetition to achieve clarity and purity, Rehberger`s use of repetition led to confusion. Visitors who entered the labyrinth in search of the compelling, hallucinatory music`s source, were invariably disappointed: Nightprowler, hidden in the labyrinth`s impenetrable centre, could not be reached.