Amsterdam Light Festival 2018-2019

 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.

STARRY NIGHT by Ivana Jelić & Pavle Petrović

STARRY NIGHT by Ivana Jelić & Pavle Petrović

ALL THE LIGHT YOU SEE by Alicia Eggert

ALL THE LIGHT YOU SEE by Alicia Eggert

ABSORBED BY LIGHT by Gali May Lucas

ABSORBED BY LIGHT by Gali May Lucas

PARABOLIC LIGHTCLOUD by amigo & amigo

PARABOLIC LIGHTCLOUD by amigo & amigo

SHADOW SCAPES by Marcus Neustetter

SHADOW SCAPES by Marcus Neustetter

AFTEREAL by Yasuhiro Chida

AFTEREAL by Yasuhiro Chida

A.N.N. by Koros Design

A.N.N. by Koros Design

CONTINUUM by Sebastian Kite

CONTINUUM by Sebastian Kite

LIGHT A WISH by OGE Group

LIGHT A WISH by OGE Group

PICTO SENDER MACHINE by Felipe Prado

PICTO SENDER MACHINE by Felipe Prado

STRANGERS IN THE LIGHT by Victor Engbers & Ina Smits

STRANGERS IN THE LIGHT by Victor Engbers & Ina Smits

WAITING… by Frank Foole

WAITING… by Frank Foole

ARCHESTEXTURES: PORTAM CIVITATIS by Peter Snijder

ARCHESTEXTURES: PORTAM CIVITATIS by Peter Snijder

Photos: amsterdamlightfestival.com

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Private Moon by Leonid Tishkov

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Private Moon by Leonid Tishkov

In 2003, Russian artist Leonid Tishkov fell in love with the moon and vowed to stay with her forever.
As the story goes, the moon descended from the sky and appeared in the thick upper brush of a pine tree outside Moscow; her crescent curves were boldly illuminated from within. Tishkov embraced her, adored her, and, when she asked to see the world, promised to show her as much of it as he could. “She shone to me personally and brightened my loneliness,” Tishkov says.

(h/t: ARTnews)

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Enlightened Music

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo    Bruce Munro

Cantus Arcticus. Photo Bruce Munro

Have you noticed how music can illuminate the mind of the artist ?

This amazing piece Cantus Arcticus by British artist Bruce Munro Bruce Munro is inspired by composition ‘Cantus Arcticus’ by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Transferring this astonishing painting created with music in his mind, the reality is enriched by one more complex, intriguing art installation...

The silhouettes of circling birds and shimmering curtains of light which remind of Aurora Borealis combined with music created outstanding  immersive experience for visitors of the Coach House gallery at Waddesdon Manor.

If you visit his official site, we are sure that you will inspired by so many magnificent ideas, art and innovations ... http://www.brucemunro.co.uk/

360° Mapping Projection of Tokyo, visualized as an Art City by Naked

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Naked is a Tokyo-based creative studio that exercise in the field of digital, realising artistic works, digital exhibitions, projection mapping, light installations and more. The latest project of Naked is TOKYO ART CITY, an art event exploring Tokyo through symbols of the city with a projection mapping in 360°. The human activity of Tokyo is expressed as particles of light spreading out in multiple dimensions. The artwork is located at Gallery AaMo in Tokyo from june 16th to september 3th, 2017.

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Performance at the Opening

Amazing Photos of Light from the Inside of a Cello

Originally posted posted by  https://twistedsifter.com/

Adrian Borda is an artist (surrealist painter) and photographer from Reghin, Romania. Inspired by an old print campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic, Borda managed to take a fascinating series of photos from the insides of old instruments like a cello and contrabass.

To achieve these shots, Borda fit a Sony NEX-6 camera equipped with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens inside the instrument and then used a smart remote so he could preview the workflow on his phone.

The way the light illuminates the interiors make for some fascinating captures and you can see more from the series along with Borda’s surrealist paintings at the links below!

ADRIAN BORDA

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ADRIAN BORDA

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ADRIAN BORDA

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ADRIAN BORDA

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ADRIAN BORDA

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ADRIAN BORDA

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ADRIAN BORDA

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Light of Masterpieces

What happens when the light touches masterpieces of the present day? “Guardians of Time”,  a series of famous sculptures that marked art of our time, illuminated in various ways, keeps on watching on the mankind since 2006 when the first sculpture was created by remarkable Austrian artist Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer.

Ever since,  “Guardians of Time”,  travel around the world sharing their mysticism and eternity...

Installed in public places, such as: monumental parks, central squares, ancient buildings, museums, castles, they have their roll in many art exhibitions, festivals, biennials...

Dealing with everlasting human desire for security, they guard us even by night with their light...

Public Art Basel light art fire show Swiss Scope Art at Basel Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    http://www.lightart-biennale.com/

Public Art Basel light art fire show Swiss Scope Art at Basel Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: http://www.lightart-biennale.com/

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Toronto Light Fest, Guardians of Time, Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Toronto Light Fest, Guardians of Time, Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Toronto Light Fest, Guardians of Time, Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Toronto Light Fest, Guardians of Time, Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Occupy Documenta Kassel Guardians of Time, Manfred Kielnhofer, Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Occupy Documenta Kassel Guardians of Time, Manfred Kielnhofer, Photo: kielnhofer.at

Public Venice Art Biennial T-Guardians by Christoph Luckeneder and Manfred Kielnhofer sculpture art tour.Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Public Venice Art Biennial T-Guardians by Christoph Luckeneder and Manfred Kielnhofer sculpture art tour.Photo: kielnhofer.at

Public Venice Art Biennial T-Guardians by Christoph Luckeneder and Manfred Kielnhofer sculpture art tour.Photo:    http://kielnhofer.at/art-design.htm

Public Venice Art Biennial T-Guardians by Christoph Luckeneder and Manfred Kielnhofer sculpture art tour.Photo: http://kielnhofer.at/art-design.htm

Festival of Lights Berlin – Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin – Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin Guardians of Time timekeepers by Manfred Kielnhofer Humboldt University Faculty of Law. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin Guardians of Time timekeepers by Manfred Kielnhofer Humboldt University Faculty of Law. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin Humboldt Universität Guardians of Time by sculptor Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin Humboldt Universität Guardians of Time by sculptor Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights – Siegessaele Berlin, Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:     kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights – Siegessaele Berlin, Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:  kielnhofer.at

Kolding Light Festival Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Kolding Light Festival Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

Mobile galerie guardians of time Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:Tom Lechner

Mobile galerie guardians of time Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:Tom Lechner

Festival of Lights – Siegessaele Berlin, Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:     kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights – Siegessaele Berlin, Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:  kielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo:    http://kielnhofer.at/art-design.htm

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Berlin. Photo: http://kielnhofer.at/art-design.htm

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    hkielnhofer.at

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: hkielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin – Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo:    kielnhofer.at

Festival of Lights Berlin – Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. Photo: kielnhofer.at

If you want to see more of this amazing designer, sculptor and photographer and more of  Guardians of Time in all their light visit his site  http://kielnhofer.at

Space.

Open the pod bay doors, Hal...

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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

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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.

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And look at the final scene - all lighting comes from floor tiles?

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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?

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Warm yellowish Sun in contrast to the cooled blueish spaceship...

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And finally - The Passengers. This movie simply had incredible sets.

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The spacecraft common areas...

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The bar...

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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

Photo source:

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Hidden Beauty

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Luminosity. Photo:    Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo: Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo:    Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo: Joseph Michael

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Luminosity. Photo:    Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo: Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo:    Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo: Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo:    Joseph Michael

Luminosity. Photo: Joseph Michael

Somehow, we think that beauty and greatness of our Mother Nature is always out there in the open waiting for us to capture the perfect moments of her creativity...

But, we simply need to ask our selves is it only just our prejudice? What if this what we can see and what surround us, is only a small part of Mother Nature's power and magnificence ?

In his search for remarkable and stunning creations of Nature, artist Joseph Michael found and with long exposure captured almost unbelievable light forms hidden in limestone caves in the North Island.

Millions of years old formations in caves grew into perfect canvas for bioluminescence of the glowworms.

Glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa), species endemic to New Zealand, emits light in both the larval stage and the imago stage. Whats's the most provoking in this scenes is unawareness of these living forms of how powerful and superb their "paintings" are.

Luckily, passionate artist Joseph Michael, combined his forward thinking approach and technical knowledge with his affection for unique and divine in the natural world, giving us a "peek through" his visions and Mother Nature's undeniable talents...

We are sure that you want to see much more of his work and visit his site  

https://www.joemichael.co.nz/

Light as a storyteller

Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity (1944)

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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