The last Light Collective post gave an overview of the International Year of Light 2015. Here’s the first four of Light Collective’s pick of the IYL 2015 events. We’ll recommended four more next week. And to stay up to date with IYL events, Rhiannon West, a lighting designer for BDP based in the UK has created the ‘My Year Of Light’ app for iOS and Android. The app provides a calendar of events and a live stream of photos and news. More information here.
1. Lumières – The Play of Brilliants. Exhibition.
Paris, France. 6 March to 31 May 2015.
Sorry… but we have to pick one of our own projects to start with. The Play of the Brilliants features 11 artworks which break the boundaries between art, design, architecture, technology and industry. The works are to be found at Éléphant Paname, a centre for art and dance in central Paris.
The phrase ‘the Play of Brilliants’ was made famous by the pioneer of architectural lighting design Richard Kelly. This poetic expression is used to describe the magic of light when it adds sparkle and vivacity to a space. It is the fantastical element of light, the part that enchants, excites and charms us: a sky full of stars, a glittering diamond and mirror chandelier or sunlight dancing on the floor. It’s the dynamism that light creates in our world. The light-themed works offer visitors an opportunity to play with and to experience the brilliance of light. Discover more here.
2. PhoScope’s PhosWords. Online Competition.
Everywhere. 1 January to 1 October 2015.
Light Collective are proud to be honorary members of PhoScope, the lighting think tank which aims to change the practice, education and critical study of lighting.
PhoScope’s PhosWords project raises awareness and advances understanding by creating a new lexicon of light. For IYL 2015, PhoScope is running a competition to extend the language of light. Become a philophot (n. a person who loves light) by coining a new light related word. More information here. Winners are announced in December 2015 and will feature in the second edition of PhosWords. Our favourite PhosWord: ‘cacophotal’ adj. pertaining to or suffering from bad light quality.
3. You Say Light, I Think Shadow. Book and exhibition.
Ljubljana, Slovenia. 16 April to 31 May 2015
For ‘You Say Light, I Think Shadow’ Sandra Praun and Aleksandra Stratimirovic invited 109 prominent and inspiring people from the fields of art, architecture, design, literature, film, theatre, and photography to share their thoughts on the question ‘What is light?’
Although there are no images to accompany the contributions, the book is still an impressive visual experience. The words of the contributors come alive through the use of graphic elements, typography, paper, and a multitude of different print and bookbinding techniques. The supporting exhibition was in Stockholm, Sweden from January to March 2015 and is at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 16 April to 31 May 2015. There even a contribution by – yep, you guessed it – Light Collective. More information here and, in Slovenian, here. The book is available to buy from the publisher here.
4. Win a Lighting Makeover from ÅF Lighting. Competition.
Anywhere. Closes 1 May 2015.
With offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, ÅF has a multidisciplinary team which includes lighting designers, architects, engineers and physicists. The competition is open to public authorities, and organisations, owners and operators of public spaces. The jury of five lighting designers are looking for a place: which has the potential of becoming an attractive and inviting location; where many people will experience the values of well-planned and designed lighting; and where a the lighting makeover will make a significant difference. More information here. It’s a great opportunity for a worthy recipient to get professional lighting design for free.