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.
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.
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.
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.
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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