Using commercial fluorescent light tubing, Dan Flavin created light installations, making the spaces washed in vivid rainbow hues which became icons of Minimalism.
His circa 50 years old light installations are shining bright today, still looking very contemporary.
While outwardly simple and direct, these arrangements produce visual effects of surprising subtlety.
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.
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.
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.
Light Pollination is an interactive digital artwork commissioned by iGuzzini to celebrate the power of light as a vehicle for social innovation and was designed by London-based digital-arts studio UniversalAssemblyUnit.
The installation seeks to spread the word about light, and in doing so, it explores the strong links between light and communication. Fibre optic, the primary material used to create the artwork, is a vehicle for light through which high-speed communication is facilitated. Thus, the art installation is both an expression and a prototype of this, albeit on a smaller scale. Rather than addressing a particular function, it imagines an alternative way of interacting with artificial light.
"We were interested in how we could create a light behaviour that was responsive to human interaction," Lee explains.
"You can use your phone or any light source to influence these trails of light that flow across the surface. Depending on the light intensity that you're feeding it, that will define how big a reaction it's going to have."
The installation is powered by custom-built software that Universal Assembly Unit developed in-house.
"The challenge for us was to find a way to control so many points of light, Lee says. "The software takes the information from the sensors and then create these turbulence fields that disturb the trails of light."
Li-fi is a way of transmitting data – including the internet – to devices such as smart phones using visible light from LEDs pulsed at high frequency.
The new luminaire – developed by Scottish start-up pureLiFi and French light fitting manufacturer Lucibel – places all the necessary Li-Fi components in a black ring that lies flat against the ceiling and is designed to circle an LED light. It is able to support between eight to 16 users at once, and deliver data at rates of 45 megabits per second.
How does it work?
It's bi-directional, unlike so-called visual light communication, or VLC, in which information is broadcast in one direction to devices.
The lights are pulsed at extremely high frequencies which is undetectable to the human eye. It operates at many hundreds of times faster than high-frequency lighting power supplies or ballasts which are used today.
Devices can download information in two ways:
It can use the forward-facing camera on your smart phone or laptop. In truth, the components required to deploy this technology are much simpler than Wi-fi or Bluetooth. Think about how many devices already have some sort of light-sensing capability to enable functions such as automatic screen dimming.
Alternatively, a plug-in dongle with built-in photo-receptor receives the information.
The luminaire transmitting the data still needs to connect to the internet or network. This could be with an Ethernet connection or using power-line communication, which is basically data sent over conventional mains wiring. Li-fi engineers say the best solution is to have the whole installation as a Power over Ethernet installation, where both power and data is sent along Cat 5 or Cat 6 cables.
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