The theme of this exhibition is 'the play of brilliants'. The phrase 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… This dynamism that light brings us creates life and atmosphere within our world. The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to play and to experience the brilliance of light as demonstrated by a selection of fantastical pieces.
Organised by Éléphant Paname, a Centre for Art and Dance in Paris, the exhibition Lumières – The Play of Brilliants has been managed by Temeloy advance lighting design and curated by Light Collective with Concord Lighting as the official partner.
Artists: Soo Sunny Park, USA // Haberdashery, UK // DGT Architects, France // Laura Bayliss, UK // Moritz Waldemeyer, UK // Whitevoid, Germany // United Visual Artists, UK // GNI Projects, UK // Flynn Talbot, Australia // Laurent Fort, USA
The layout of the Lumières exhibition was specially designed for Éléphant Paname: a real, history-rich architectural space, which adds another dimension to the works shown. Each installation finds its place in this layout, according to its relationship with the space where it is placed and the other works around it.
“Light” presents not only the medium’s fundamental properties, but also the programmable aspect of state-of-the-art technologies in this area. The installation by Laura Bayliss illustrates the basic concepts of light physics, such as refraction and dispersion, and the work by Haberdashery entitled Oroshi is a magnificent homage to the way in which light reflects and is reflected around the material used. Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park and Primary by Flynn Talbot encourage visitors to meditate on the properties of light and colour. Both Disco Disco, Haberdashery’s second work in the exhibition, and Circular by WHITEvoid demonstrate the programmable nature of LEDs, while Ming by Moritz Waldemeyer shows that we have reached a historical period in which technological progress relating to the ways in which three-dimensional objects are created means that light may now serve as both a surface material and a source of information.
This eclectic mix of works in light, distributed over three floors, shows the specificities of light in a playful manner, while creating an immersive, moving and interactive visitor’s experience.
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