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The Walk Through The Vortex

Crossing over the Des Moines River, this 40km Iowa bridge created an opportunity for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders to experience ‘getting into the vortex’ - in literal sense.

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Once trail, now pedestrian bridge, has mesmerizing lighting scheme during the nighttime, but it’s also creating a remarkable scene during the day, with a raw steel installation and beautiful nature.

The spiraling steel frames around the concrete roadbed are intended to evoke the sense of descent into a mine shaft, a nod to the history of mining in central Iowa.

Photo:  Phil Roeder

The lights, switched on between dusk and midnight, reflect in the river below, uniting the “rails to trails” project to the wide vistas of the landscape.

‘Light High’ by Jacqueline Hen - International Light Art Award 2019

The 3rd International Light Art Award 2019, goes to Jacqueline Hen.

With her installation “Light High” she explores the human perception of time, space and possibly, the feeling of falling to other dimensions, that are unlike our 3D world.

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Light, space are in an inseparable but invisible connection (theory of relativity). They presuppose a seemingly stable framework of orientation in everyday life, in which there is no reason to question the relationships between subject and object, cause and effect, beginning and end.

Photo: Frank Vinken

Photo: Frank Vinken

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

A mirrored ceiling together with a thin reflecting surface of water on the ground and a grid arrangement of lights are creating the spatial illusion of an infinite vertical space of light and darkness. By traversing a small bridge, the visitor can cautiously discover the immersing endlessness beneath his/her feats and above his/her head.

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

The installation is enhanced with the acoustic dimension of the Shepard sound. The Shepard scale is an acoustic illusion of a seemingly infinite rising or falling scale. To hear and experience “Light High” click on the video bellow:

Constellations by Joanie Lemercier

Constellations is an audio visual installation by Joanie Lemercier.

It’s an abstract journey through geometric structures formed by the universe.
Light is projected on invisible water particles to form shapes and intangible structures in the air.

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Intersensory Theater for Babies by Dalija Acin Thelander

Choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander is creating mesmerizing and safe artistic environments for infants and adults. She is combining visual arts, dance, music and poetry to offer her youngest audience an experience that shouldn’t be exclusive to adults.

Photo: D. Matvejev

Photo: D. Matvejev

Fundamental for my motivation to create for the youngest audience is the perception of the child as equal to an adult, worthy of encountering arts in early years.
— Dalija Acin
Photo: D. Matvejev

Photo: D. Matvejev

Her performances stimulate all senses and perception of babies and encouraging interaction, sparking their curiosity and triggering exploration.

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My choreographic practice considers the synergy of choreography and installation art and their capacities for activation of the audience.
— Dalija Acin
Photo: Fernando Molin

Photo: Fernando Molin

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Levitating Landscapes by Maja Petric

Levitating Landscapes is an immersive art installation that was made specifically for the opening of the Downtown Park Pavilion.

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The piece utilizes mixed-media including light, video, sound and atmospherics to enhance buoyant nature of the pavilion and engage visitors’ multisensory participation in seemingly levitating landscape.

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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

Photo: flos.com

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

Dan Flavin 1963. - The nominal three (to William of Ockham),  Photo:  tmlarts.com

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

Photo: tmlarts.com

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)

Photo: tmlarts.com

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


Sources:

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The Tapestry of Light

Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid, founded in 1721, gets the makeover with innovative and fascinating new lighting.


Light & Studio designed lighting for this 4000 m2 property, inspired by the work of the ancient artisans who have gone through the workshops of the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid.

Its objective was the construction of a bridge between tradition and innovation, between the old and the new, a bridge that unites this factory working since 1721 and the coworking space for innovation companies that has been created between its walls, the Loom House.

The design is based on methacrylate tubes installed at different heights to create those crosses that resemble textile patterns. More than 200m of digital LED strips controlled point by point, run through these tubes making different scenes and tours, led by light.

It has been possible thanks to 3 controllers of 64 universes each, connected to a software made to measure for the project, images are launched in real time, generating different atmospheres.

The programming is integrated in a Dali system that allows to handle, through a touch screen, both the digital lighting and the rest of the lighting in the room. This system also allows adjusting the lighting to natural light that enters through the windows throughout the day to respect our biorhythms.

‘Limbus Greenframe’ by Kauppi & Kauppi

Wouldn’t be great to work in the middle of a dense mini-jungle or to display your favorite plants in a different way? Swedish studio kauppi & kauppi brings us "Limbus Greenframe” project which is a minimalist wooden frame that celebrates potted plants and greenery.

I wanted to investigate how much a floor screen could be simplified, when everything except the naked elegant wood frame was reduced, I became interested in seeing what it could be filled with. I often long for the forest and have a beautiful norfolk pine at my desk, which always makes me happy
— Johan Kauppi
Perhaps my plants could fit in the frame? To make plants grow and prosper, light is needed. Glimakra of Sweden has great knowledge of wood production and did a great job when managed to integrate the lighting in the top of the frame and to conceal the technology in the frame itself. The result is a stripped and restrained furniture in solid wood, a mixture of a room divider, green furniture and light fixture.
— Johan Kauppi

Project info:

production: Glimakra of Sweden 
designer: Johan Kauppi 
animation, styling & music: Nina Kauppi 

Source: designboom.com

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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