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Dan Flavin - Minimalist Master of Light

Using commercial fluorescent light tubing, Dan Flavin created light installations, making the spaces washed in vivid rainbow hues which became icons of Minimalism.

Dan Flavin 1971. - Untitled (to Janie Lee) Blue, pink, yellow and green fluorescent light  Photo:  flos.com

Dan Flavin 1971. - Untitled (to Janie Lee) Blue, pink, yellow and green fluorescent light

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His circa 50 years old light installations are shining bright today, still looking very contemporary.

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Dan Flavin 1963. - The nominal three (to William of Ockham),

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While outwardly simple and direct, these arrangements produce visual effects of surprising subtlety.

Dan Flavin 1966-1968. - Untitled (to the “innovator” of the Wheeling Peachblow)  Photo:  tmlarts.com

Dan Flavin 1966-1968. - Untitled (to the “innovator” of the Wheeling Peachblow)

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His choice of the material was motivated in part by a desire to break free from both Abstract Expressionism and Pop art by seizing on the anonymous and industrial nature of a familiar commercial product.

Site-specific installation by Dan Flavin, 1996, Menil Collection

Site-specific installation by Dan Flavin, 1996, Menil Collection

One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.
— Dan Flavin

Hiroto Yoshizoe's Moon Reflection

Inspired with the relationship between the moon and the sun, Yoshizoe's mobile called 1.625m/s2 reflects the light of one simple bulb via mirror.

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The moon is the most well-known indirect lighting known to humanity.
It receives light from the sun and gently shines above us, and is strongly associated with our feelings from ancient
times.
— Hiroto Yoshizoe
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It consists of a series of suspended mirrors that reflect light to illuminate the surrounding space. If placed near window, it can also reflect light directly from the sun.

The mobile is called 1.625m/s2, which is the downwards acceleration caused by the moon's gravity on a falling body.

Just like the moon, this lighting equipment receives light from external environments and appears to shine gently to our eyes. The objects shine as they float within the air, as if they are free from gravity.
— Hiroto Yoshizoe
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Concept, Design: Hiroto Yoshizoe

Development: Kenichi Ochiai, Atsushi Muramatsu, Kentaro Watanabe, Masataka Honma, Hisato Hidaka, Eiichiro Imamura
Photo credits: Shunsuke Watanabe, Tolu Ando


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The Movement of Air

Two brilliant french artists Adrien M / Claire B are creating dream-like scenography where dancers and light are performing choreography together. The performers are walking on the thin line between reality and virtual reality, where no rules of physics are applicable.

Photo: Romain Etienne / item

Photo: Romain Etienne / item

Other projects, like Pixel, are also showing their crazy skills to create light animation that interacts with dancers, seamlessly making the scene and performers as one.

Their latest viral project, Acqua Alta unfolds three times: a show mixing body and images; a book in pop-up to watch in augmented reality; an experience for virtual reality helmet.

Sources: www.am-cb.net

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I Light Marina Bay festival 2019

From 28th of January until 24th of February was happening a sustainability-focused, Singapore-based spectacle i Light Marina Bay Festival. Following this years theme “Bridges of Time”, 32 sustainable light art installations and one multimedia show were presented.

The Floating Lighthouse by Milenko Prvački, Ryf Zaini and Dr. Robert Casteels  (Singapore)

The Floating Lighthouse by Milenko Prvački, Ryf Zaini and Dr. Robert Casteels (Singapore)

The Time Vortex by    Vendel & de Wolf   (The Netherlands)

The Time Vortex by Vendel & de Wolf (The Netherlands)

Lighthouse of Time by    Danny Rose   (France)

Lighthouse of Time by Danny Rose (France)

The Rainbow Connection by Yun  (Singapore)

The Rainbow Connection by Yun (Singapore)

Why Green? by    DP Architects    - Ng San Son, Bob Teo, Josiah Leong, Johann Lim, Jireh Lee, Theodore Goh, Shawn Teo, DP Lighting  (Singapore)

Why Green? by DP Architects - Ng San Son, Bob Teo, Josiah Leong, Johann Lim, Jireh Lee, Theodore Goh, Shawn Teo, DP Lighting (Singapore)

Facey Thing by    Uji Studios   (New Zealand)

Facey Thing by Uji Studios (New Zealand)

Prospegtive Perspective by Carnation Kng, Low Jo Ann and Justina Teng Yimin from    National University of Singapore   (Singapore)

Prospegtive Perspective by Carnation Kng, Low Jo Ann and Justina Teng Yimin from National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Shadow Exposed by    Judy K Suh    x    Visual Feeder   (USA)

Shadow Exposed by Judy K Suh x Visual Feeder (USA)

Sails Aloft by    Biangle Studio   (Estonia)

Sails Aloft by Biangle Studio (Estonia)

Shades of Temporality by    SWEATSHOPPE    - Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy  (USA)

Shades of Temporality by SWEATSHOPPE - Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy (USA)

Cosmic Web by Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi and R.Yashini from    LASALLE College of the Arts   (Singapore)

Cosmic Web by Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi and R.Yashini from LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

Squiggle by    Angus Muir   (New Zealand)

Squiggle by Angus Muir (New Zealand)

City Gazing Singapore by    VOUW    - Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns  (The Netherlands)

City Gazing Singapore by VOUW - Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns (The Netherlands)

Les Footballeurs by    Rémi Brun   (France)

Les Footballeurs by Rémi Brun (France)

Time Traveller by Eko Prawoto  (Indonesia)

Time Traveller by Eko Prawoto (Indonesia)

Flower Clock by You Fan Zhou, Liao Qing Shuang, Guo Qian Ling, Song Le Jing and Lee Jian Wen from    Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts   (China)

Flower Clock by You Fan Zhou, Liao Qing Shuang, Guo Qian Ling, Song Le Jing and Lee Jian Wen from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (China)

The Cat in the Garden by    Loom Prod   (France)

The Cat in the Garden by Loom Prod (France)

Oriflammes by    Sebastien Lefevre   (France)

Oriflammes by Sebastien Lefevre (France)

TIME FRAME by    DONIS

TIME FRAME by DONIS

HALO by Michael Davis  (United Kingdom)

HALO by Michael Davis (United Kingdom)

Time Rhythm by    Xavi Bové    and    Onionlab   (Spain)

Time Rhythm by Xavi Bové and Onionlab (Spain)

Cenotaph for a Stone by Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le and Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin from    National University Singapore   (Singapore)

Cenotaph for a Stone by Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le and Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin from National University Singapore (Singapore)

Where do stories begin / Where do stories end by    Michael Lee    and    Perception3   (Singapore)

Where do stories begin / Where do stories end by Michael Lee and Perception3 (Singapore)

With A View by Superiore Design Associates - Ryan Linardy and Lim Cheng Jun  (Singapore)

With A View by Superiore Design Associates - Ryan Linardy and Lim Cheng Jun (Singapore)

Good Fortune by Olga Grybowicz and Kasper Hein  (Poland)

Good Fortune by Olga Grybowicz and Kasper Hein (Poland)

Run Beyond by    Angelo Bonello   (Italy)

Run Beyond by Angelo Bonello (Italy)

Land-pass Bird by Dr. Huang Chin-Fu  (Taiwan)

Land-pass Bird by Dr. Huang Chin-Fu (Taiwan)

Keys of Light by    Mr.Beam   (The Netherlands)

Keys of Light by Mr.Beam (The Netherlands)

Reflecting Holons by    Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser   (The Netherlands)

Reflecting Holons by Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser (The Netherlands)

Belgrade of Light 2019

THE BOX | Q/TI/JA

Light design artistic group Radio.nica opened 10th Belgrade light festival with the performance THE BOX | Q/TI/JA.

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Theater director, Nikola Zavišić gathered a group of various professionals: architects, designers, dramaturges, performers, circus artists, actors etc. Together, they made liquid light show projected from overhead projectors, and achieved mesmerizing light effects using hand torches, lasers, chemicals, kaleidoscopes, glass crystals and other fine and reflective material.

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Combining Njegos’s philosophy, light experiments and circus elements, this performance is one in a lifetime experience. The interest was very high and they performed 3 times in a row that night. Luckily, their plan is to continue with performance outside of light festival so you can follow their updates here.

Photography: Vojislav Gelevski

LUMINESCENCE 

Incredible Bob brought hypnopompic light installation to Belgrade light festival.

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Luminescence consists of very dark space interrupted by algorithmic light intervals, coming from various media.

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Visitors had an opportunity to experience a state between a reality and a dream.

Photography: Vojislav Gelevski


THE WAVES / WEAVING THROUGH THE SOLAR SYSTEM

As an introduction to astrophysicist Nataša Todorović’s lecture Weaving through the Solar System, visual artist Aleksandra Stratimirović and Argentine experimental trumpet player Leonel Kaplan joined together to perform The Waves.

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The Waves is synergetic light & sound performance that combines Stratimirović’s dynamic light installation and Kaplan’s trumpet improvisation. The experience transcended into a journey trough the outer space.

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Weaving through the Solar System lecture is about the significance of light from the science perspective. Nataša presented the ways astrophysicists collect data about the outer space with the help of light and spoke about the sunlight’s acting force.

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Photography: Vojislav Gelevski


ISKRA.KOZMA

Art collective Lansiranje brought a young energy to premises of KC Grad with light-embedded performance which was leading into the all-night party.

Lansiranje created their own world, inspired by “The Ray of the Microcosm” - a romantic, cosmic-religious poem. They explored and questioned sparks in space and ideas that are hiding behind them.

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They broke boundaries between visitors and performers by welcoming everyone to their unique world in which parties are extraterrestrial themed.

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Photography: Vojislav Gelevski


POLITICS OF RENDERING

Artist Mark Brogan presented his work in a form of photo-wallpaper along the gallery wall of KC Grad.

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Using 3D architectural tools, he worked with transparency, lighting and color to distort, reflect and manipulate the composition of the image. His work communicated between the real and virtual space, seamlessly connecting them together.

Ana Anakijev , project coordinator and  Aleksandra Stratimirovic , founder and creative director of Belgrade of light introducing Brogan’s work

Ana Anakijev, project coordinator and Aleksandra Stratimirovic, founder and creative director of Belgrade of light introducing Brogan’s work

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Photography: Vojislav Gelevski


SHIMMERING

Lighting designer Milica Komlenić led The Shimmering, children’s workshop.

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Using magnifiers, glitter, colored filters, overhead and slide projectors, the youngest had so much fun playing with light and shadow.

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Photography: Vojislav Gelevski


LIGHTSCAPES

Belgrade light festival traditionally started with Light detective walk and ended with Landscapes lighting discussion.

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Artists, light designers, architects, photographers, art historians, theater directors and others joined together to find lighting hero or villain of the city. We are so happy becoming official Transnational Lighting Detectives and having an opportunity to contribute to the Lightscapes discussion.

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Belgrade lighting detectives shared their impressions of the walk on the Lightscapes discussion on which Center for the Promotion of Science also joined.

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Photography: Vojislav Gelevski




Architecture. Rhythm. Shadow. Repeat.

I was so drawn into this type of visuals.

They make me wonder.

What is light without the shadow.

Is it a metaphor, feeling or maybe something not so abstract. Is it real.

Why do we strive for order, repetition, hierarchy.

What does the high contrast, rigidness and structure represent in our lives.

Do we feel safe there. Can we find something similar in nature.

Are we running away from it or is this something necessary in order to survive.

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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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Vista of Light by Andrew W Rae

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Andrew W Rae created a 2500m² bespoke audio visual installation for Christmas at Blenheim 2017 on behalf of creative light and sound art company; Ithaca. Visitors were invited to take an immersive walk up the hill and through trees featuring over 8,000 pixel mapped LED spheres and two 20 metre high trees wrapped in 500m metres of pixel mapped LED lighting.

There's not much more to say except to enjoy the video below:

Lumiere London light festival 2018 - in pictures

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Waterlicht, by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, offers the illusion of being under a sea of deep blue waves, bringing “the power and poetry of water” to the shadows of Regent’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BeQQ3zenX-I/?tagged=lumierelondon

Northern Lights, by Swedish artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic, channels the Aurora Borealis in Grosvenor Square.


Members of the public interact with Illumaphonium by Michael Davis


People play on Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design. Having run since 2009 when it was first held in Durham, Lumiere was last year attended by 1.3 million people in London.

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Love Motion by Rhys Coren in the Royal Academy courtyard. This is a Matisse-inspired animation of two dancing paper-cut figures projected onto the facade of the RA, accompanied by music


Spectral, by Katarzyna Malejka and Joachim Slugocki in St James’s Square. This will be Lumiere’s second year in London, following a barnstorming first impression in 2016


A work by by Stéphane Masson, on St James Market near Regent Street. The work consists of lots of small mason jars with screens behind to project images through them in time to music

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Stranger installations include an iconic London telephone box converted into a fish tank in Seven Dials. Aquarium by artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille

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Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi/KANVA

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Director of Artichoke and Artistic Director of Lumiere London Helen Marriage says Lumiere aims to transform the usually hectic nightscape of London into a giant, outdoor art gallery

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Members of the public watch Voyage by Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein in Piccadilly Circus. Marriage says Lumiere taps into people’s desire for the ‘be there or you’ve missed it’ moment, adding that in an age when we spend much of our time staring at screens, ‘standing in a crowd, sharing a moment, is really important’


Lightbench by Bernd Spiecker for LBO LichtBankObjekte

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Harmonic Portal by Chris Plant in St James Church, Piccadilly. The festival is integrated into the Visit London app, which will help visitors keep track of all 58 installations

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Reflektor by Studio Roso in St James’s Market


Nightlife by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock in Leicester Square

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Lampounette by TILT


Trafalgar Square, Child Hood from Collectif Coin, co-produced by La Casemate

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The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2 by Patrice Warrener projected on to Westminster Abbey’s West Front. The work highlights sculptural details in bright colours

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People walk through The Wave by Vertigo on the Riverside Walkway, South Bank

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Source: theguardian.com

Enlightened Topology

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Renaissance  technique in the light of new age...

That tango performed by darkness and light intrigued artists so strongly that during the age of Renaissance new technique committed to light and dark relationship was developed:

Chiaroscuro, an oil painting technique, was subject of research and developing of many well known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrant, Johannes Vermeer, Cravaggio etc..

Nevertheless, this exceptional theme has never stop to provoke artists, not even nowadays...

How Chiaroscuro can distinguish nowadays in the world of progressive science, technology, industrialization ...  showed us fascinating contemporary artist Sougwen Chung

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Chiaroscuro

Installation 2013 is modern revival of this everlasting art trend where Sougwen plays with numerous contrasts: between old and new, light and darkness, tradition and innovation ...

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Composition of audio-visual installation with basically hand - crafted, and later on digitized, large scale paper delivered a new dimension of Chiaroscuro to the audience...

Presented Musee D'art Moderne et Contemporain GéneveGeneva, SwitzerlandMay 2-10, 2013Commissioned by Mapping Festival

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Hand drafted drawings, as an basic artistic technique combined with advantages which today's technology can offer us opened a new dimension where artists can express themselves and share pieces of their incredible inner world with the "crowd".

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

At this point,  we are doubtless that you will be eager to see more of her astonishing art pieces... visit her site and find out more http://sougwen.com/

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com