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.
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.
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 consists of very dark space interrupted by algorithmic light intervals, coming from various media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They broke boundaries between visitors and performers by welcoming everyone to their unique world in which parties are extraterrestrial themed.
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.
Photography: Vojislav Gelevski
Lighting designer Milica Komlenić led The Shimmering, children’s workshop.
Using magnifiers, glitter, colored filters, overhead and slide projectors, the youngest had so much fun playing with light and shadow.
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.
Belgrade lighting detectives shared their impressions of the walk on the Lightscapes discussion on which Center for the Promotion of Science also joined.
Photography: Vojislav Gelevski
The theme for this year's edition is 'the medium is the message'. Have a look how artist around the world contributed to this years Light Festival in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Light Festival 2018 - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (24)-HEADERS2017
Open the pod bay doors, Hal...
I only scratched the surface of lighting in movies in the last post I've written Light as a storyteller and I simply got intrigued - my curiosity doesn't let me go so here is my collateral damage.
As a huge admirer of Stanley Kubrick movies, I will be subjective in this space oriented blog post (don't worry, it is still about lighting) and start with one and only - 2001: A Space Odyssey
This movie still looks like future and well, the story is amazing but not the subject of this post. Other then it's discussed even today, many are still fascinated how the movie was made - with the special effects, and the futuristic look and the feel of the movie.
In the iconic scenes, you simply can not miss the lighting. The contrast between bright spaceship and eternal darkness of the space was very present throughout the movie.
And look at the final scene - all lighting comes from floor tiles?
I only know this much - with Kubrick nothing is left to chance, even this must have some deeper meaning...
Okay, let's move on to the next movie - the Sunshine. What's it like when you're close to the Sun - maybe even too close?
Warm yellowish Sun in contrast to the cooled blueish spaceship...
And finally - The Passengers. This movie simply had incredible sets.
The spacecraft common areas...
And the Vienna suite...
There is so much more to this, I have now started to think about all the other movies...
Which movie is now crossing your mind? Leave a comment
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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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
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.
Epic FX is a company with amazing ideas. Have a look at their project for Brookfield's DesignHive. They created a simple way to visualise various furniture configurations in a large space using lasers. They also developed a custom iOS application that allows anyone to easily control the system from their iPad or iPhone. Check out the video below for a look at the space.
Also, have a look at the video of LED drone they created! (volume down)
Bluetooth mesh is new Bluetooth technology and is different from what people use in their phones. It is suitable for small buildings, lighting systems, fire alarm devices and sensors.
It is a wireless network of many devices connected to each other capable forwarding messages back and forward.
Bluetooth mesh transforms Bluetooth from a typical point-to-point, star-based network into a true mesh networking topology. If you have a device within range of another device on such a network, the range of both devices is extended. Keep on adding nodes, and the range keeps extending.
While mesh networking is nothing new, it is only now starting to be adopted by leading luminaire manufacturers.
Bluetooth mesh will make the lighting control 'box' redundant, says Simon Slupik, the chief technology officer of Silvair and chair of the Bluetooth mesh group. "That box – when you think about it – is a computer with software. We’re simply putting a copy of that software in every light."
Bluetooth is handling global standardisation for lighting control application. That basically mean that consumer can buy luminaries from different manufacturers and they will be compatible with each other.
Range of the mesh is as far as it needs to be, the whole building or collection of buildings because it is not limited to a radio range. In terms of the range between devices is hundreds of meters.
This system is, to some extents available today - there are manufacturers that implemented Bluetooth antennae in their lighting fittings and can be controlled with app on your phone.
Even though the main application is for the lighting control, in the future it is expected to broaden its field to smart buildings - collecting data from wireless sensors and using that data to drive automated processes and systems in the building.
The Romanian-born artist, who is based in Houston, uses lighting technology with a focus on LED light - for vibrant installations that recreate scenes from nature in the age of climate change.
Andea looks to bioluminescent sea life, melting icebergs, and cosmological events to shape the composition and meaning of her large-scale installations.
The pieces appears as lit explosions, with LED lights, magnifying lenses, and flex neon springing outwards in a blend of chaos and control.
"The numerous transitions in my life made me think about the enormous capability of people to adapt to situations and even more, search for the new possibilities of personal development through inquisitive experiences. I strive for my art to vindicate the malign consequences of technology on the environment and inspire new exciting ways to infuse technology."