Light as a storyteller

Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Today we will go back in time and travel with the speed of light (heheh) (sorry)

I am fascinated how artists in the past who had limited technology and resources were able to express their talents and were telling the story within the art piece mostly with lighting. Lighting is able to create certain moods, atmosphere and character.

Even in written pieces, eg. Gustave Flaubert's Madam Bovary (1856.), the writer  is using lighting effects to symbolize specific situations or a character's psychology, while at the same time reflects a particular point of view. Not to mention how often the lighting is being used in poetry as a driver for expression of the feelings.

Akira(1988) is the perfect example for this. In this japanese ground breaking animated science fiction film, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, neon light is used as a symbol for consumerism and it creates the dystopian feeling of the city which is very difficult to animate in every frame of the movie.


"No other film has ever looked like Akira, before or since. It’s stunningly fluid and detailed animation often required as many as 9 separate cel layers. The 125 minute feature was comprised of over 160,000 cels and almost as many backgrounds, each one completely hand–drawn and hand-painted." Joe Peacock, Akira cels collector 


Have a look at the short video on Akira: How to Animate Light



Another example is Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer sometimes referred as "The master of light"

The video bellow describes how in one of his paintings (Woman holding a balance 1662–1663) light draws you in and encompass the full scope of the painting.



And if you are interested how Film Noir  were made when the technology and resources were limited, and how talented people of the time made iconic look and feel in their movies, have a look at this video:


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Mosslamp

"Green oasis enclosed inside a glass bowl," as its designer calls it, is new indoor lighting concept made of recycled plastic which the moss grows over. At the bottom of the pre-formed glass shape is LED lamp which produce heat making a perfect climate for moss to grow and specific lighting concept at the same time. However, this is not the only time that Marcko Vuckovic joins two significant ideas into one. More of his innovative creations you can see on his official site http://www.markovuckovic.com/ .

Mosslamp. Photo:  Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo: Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo:  Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo: Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo:  Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo: Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo:  Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo: Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo:  Trendhunter

Mosslamp. Photo: Trendhunter

One of the specific features in is his concept is that he includes an opportunity for everyone to be creative and personalize their Mosslamp by creating their own design for the shape of the foam using schematic and than forwarding the idea to 3D print.

References: Marko Vuckovic , Trendhunter

Impressionist of the 21st century

Combining the idea of light painting and graffiti this remarkable artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux leaves such a strong and thought-provoking impress. The most notable in his art is the fact that he leaves a trace only in viewer's mind and soul. Using a projector’s light instead of spray paint,  he turns numerous environments into his canvases...

These temporary pieces of light art and his exhibitions as he made so many places around world to his ateliers and galleries.

Amazonia

Glaciers

Val d’Isère

Marseille 

Barcelona

La Havane

Paris

Cannes Festival 

Switzerland

 

“What really matters to me is making art—art with strong meaning.”

Philippe Echaroux

 

Lux Aeterna - Data Enabled Light Sculpture

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Lux Aeterna is a data enabled light sculpture. The piece uses the data of planet Mars’s topography and turns it into a voxel landscape as a base to explore the movement in space. The path the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars is directly translated into the motion of the LEDs, and the brightnes…
By: Yagmur Uyanik

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See the Music

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Anyone can create their personal digital artwork now with Aurora. It is plug n' play technology that makes regular lights into sound responsive experience.

In real-time Aurora’s AI box analyses surrounding sound and creates interactive lighting that can be easily customised from an app on your phone.

Have a look few examples below...

Globes garden


Singing Tree

Specifications

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Aurora lighting controller Photo: limbicmedia.ca

Lights

  • Individually control up to 4000 lights (unlimited using repeaters)

  • A variety of light fixtures available including large globes, 360 lights, tubes

  • Library of highly customizable patterns.

Signal Processing

  • Advanced audio reactive engine

  • 2D and 3D geometric mapping engine to create spatial effect

Input/Output

  • Embedded mic

  • ⅛ inch audio in/out

  • Balanced XLR audio in/out

  • DMX in/thru/out

  • WiFi

  • Android and iOS app

Aurora app

It is available on Google play and App Store for free!

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Pattern options Photo: play.google.com


It has many options - you can control speed, fade in/out, variance, transition duration, and you can choose one of many preset palettes and patterns.

Full specifications here

See more:

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More than 220.000 visitors come to Light+Building 2018

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The world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology has more and more visitors each year. 2,714 exhibitors from 55 countries (in 2016 were 2,626)  launched their innovations in the world market. In total, more than 220,000 visitors (216,610 in 2016) from 177 countries visited the Frankfurt fairground to discover the latest products, solutions and trends offered in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and building management.

Despite the intense cold and the snowfall of the first day, around 240,000 visitors toured the different sites of the Luminale Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design. Especially popular was the route that took place in the center of Frankfurt. Held simultaneously with Light + Building, it presented a new concept with 149 projects, light installations, performances and conferences in five categories: art, community, study, solutions and better city. In addition, the ninth edition of the festival was accompanied by a debate on urban problems in the 21st century.

Römer, Fades Photo:© Luminale _ Ralph Larmann

Römer, Fades Photo:© Luminale _ Ralph Larmann

Old Opera House, Changing Times Photo: © Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Old Opera House, Changing Times Photo: © Luminale _ Oliver Blum

EZB, Cross Hatch Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

EZB, Cross Hatch Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Felxipolis Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Felxipolis Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Snow White Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Snow White Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Kunsterverein Ebene B1 Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Kunsterverein Ebene B1 Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Willst du sehen so lerne zu handeln Photo:© Luminale_Oliver Blum

Willst du sehen so lerne zu handeln Photo:© Luminale_Oliver Blum

Cover photo: © Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Sources: light-building.messefrankfurt.com/

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PYRA - XICATO Luminaire Project Winner

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Funded by Xicato, Mike Stoane Lighting and the LET (Lighting Education Trust), Katie Price was given the task of designing a luminaire for either a domestic or commercial environment whilst sticking to the style and product themes of the mentioned companies.

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Idea

Refinement

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Further Refinement

Further Refinement

After her research process she narrowed down the themes which she wanted to work with and towards; modularity, interaction and dynamics. She wanted to design a product where no two had to look the same, where you could buy the same product as someone else but you both have different ways of displaying it in your own environment, thus expressing your own creative outputs wherever you chose to place it.

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Working with aspects of geometry, organic forms and repetition, she started to create growing and expanding forms using protopaper which proved to be a strong material for dirty prototypes.

Held together by wire and glue, she wanted to quickly express how this form could change into something dynamic whilst letting the user have control over the lighting effect.

First few CAD renders greatly helped her with visualising the lighting effect. Selecting polished copper and transparent acrylic as two main materials, she experimented with the different reflections and shadows cast on a wall environment.

I began to imagine an entire wall installation with many of these forms spread out across a large surface area.

— Katie Price
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As she was given the one LED module to use, this project worked towards a prototype which she could later think about the expansion of into multiple modules.

She would like to add more to these CAD renders to show the bigger picture of this project and what it could eventually become.

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The final prototype was created using 3D printed pryamids which she created on Solidworks. Half were sprayed copper and the other half were translucent plastic – ideally these would have been transparent but due to cost and material availability this wasn’t an option.

Each pyramid had an inlay on each edge for a magnetic strip which sat flush to the surface. This enabled the components to easily be taken off, moved and changed around to suit the user. Without the need for screws or additional fittings to do this, it means that it can be manipulated by users of all ages with little to no safety hazards.

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Please feel free to have a look at her presentation boards which explain more about how the product is used and installed as well as a booklet with some quick, in-depth information about a few stages of the project.

Protopaper – Protopaperlab & Purchase here from the LGC – London Graphics Centre – Protopaper

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Best of Lux Helsinki Light Festival 2018

Lights are on in Helsinki! What a feeling! So far the winter in Helsinki has been extremely dark and rainy with zero snow and zero sunshine. This is the reason why we got so excited earlier today when the Lux Helsinki Light Festival shedded new light on the Finnish capital city.

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The playground for Lux Helsinki Light Festival this year is the impressive Helsinki city centre district of Kaartinkaupunki, where the streets, squares and buildings come to life for 5 days (6–10 Jan 2018) with vibrant and colourful light art.

Erottaja Fire Station

Erottaja Fire Station

Koulupuistikko Park

Koulupuistikko Park

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Museum of Finnish Architecture

Museum of Finnish Architecture

Ultraviolet Gallery

Ultraviolet Gallery

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Kasarmintori   square  -   Refugee family, by Alaa Minawi, a Lebanese-Palestinian artist

Kasarmintori square - Refugee family, by Alaa Minawi, a Lebanese-Palestinian artist

Espa Stage  -   white Sugar Cube

Espa Stage - white Sugar Cube

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Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

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Mesmerising Light Installations By JamesTurrell

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At Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

James Turrell is an American artist widely known for his explorations of light and space.

“He began his career back in the 1960′s in California at a time when the Light and Space group of artists in Los Angeles was coming into prominence. Here’s a short description of the movement:

Whether by directing the flow of natural light, embedding artificial light within objects or architecture, or by playing with light through the use of transparent, translucent or reflective materials, Light and Space artists made the spectator’s experience of light and other sensory phenomena under specific conditions the focus of their work.”

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Watch the video:

Sun in Time

The Ecstasy of Santa Lucia is a solar light art installation in a sixteenth century Spanish village church where solar spectrum environmental artist Peter Erskine used natural sunlight as color and 21st century prisms as brushes to paint the ever-changing  scenario of the installation. And it starts with...

First light at 10:00 AM. The artwork waxes and wanes from dawn to dusk as the Earth turns and clouds pass before the Sun. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

First light at 10:00 AM. The artwork waxes and wanes from dawn to dusk as the Earth turns and clouds pass before the Sun. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

At noon the slabs of color reach to the floor. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

At noon the slabs of color reach to the floor. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

Bright Sun projects crisp, saturated splashes of color at Solar noon. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

Bright Sun projects crisp, saturated splashes of color at Solar noon. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

Mixing colors from two spectrum beams in bright Sunlight. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

Mixing colors from two spectrum beams in bright Sunlight. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

Minutes later clouds pass before the Sun creating a soft pastel color wash on the entire ceiling. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

Minutes later clouds pass before the Sun creating a soft pastel color wash on the entire ceiling. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

Heavenly light. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

Heavenly light. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

Ceiling detail in radiant solar spectrum sunlight. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

Ceiling detail in radiant solar spectrum sunlight. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

The fire burns. Photo:    http://erskinesolarart.net

The fire burns. Photo: http://erskinesolarart.net

The Church of Santa Lucia, Village of Santa Lucia de Ocon, La Rioja in Spain is a place where Peter Erskine  created a unique experience of uniting contemporary art and ancient architecture in a Natural Light installation.

The wonderful spectrum colors and shapes that illuminate the vaulted ceiling, walls and floor of this church, change over the course of the day and remind us how careful we should be with such a valuable treasure, inherited from previous generations as well as from Mother Nature…

My art occurs at the juncture between Nature and Culture.

— Peter Erskine

We are totally convinced that you will want to see more from this amazing Nature dedicated artist and have a look through his prisms …

http://erskinesolarart.net/