Day.One was an idea to create an alternative light festival. The world is full of lighting festivals… They all take place at night and focus on artificial light and focus on artificial light so we thought it was time to turn things on their head and hold one in the daytime.
We formed a partnership with Mexican Lighting Designer Magali Mendez, Director of SáaS Lighting and began working on our plans for an alternative lighting festival: Day.One with a view to this collective project; a celebration of natural light and architecture, the worlds first gathering of daylight and sunlight art taking place in late 2014 in Mexico City.
The plan was for the event to be made up of natural light installations, architectural visits, an international sky experience, a manufacturers technology expo, a series of talks, film showings and community workshops. Many of these would have taken place at Casa Luis Barragan, the private residence of Mexico’s most celebrated architect and a master of natural light and colour.
Despite a huge effort, we failed to get full funding for the event to take place so Day.One remains a conceptual festival. Please visit welovedaylight.com for details of all the artists that put forward beautiful concepts for the event.
Day One Event
19 November 2015
This event consisted of a day dedicated to exploring daylight and colour and took place in the studio and gardens of Casa Barragan, the house of renowned Mexican architect and daylight lover Luis Barragan.
The morning began with a short talk from Light Collective that explained the objectives of the day and gave creative examples of daylight art in order to inspire the attendees. The workshop was split into seven groups, each one dedicated to a colour of the spectrum and each group was given a wooden structure and a selection of colour filters with which to create with. The intention being that each group would cover their structure with colour in order to design an installation that worked with sunlight to create coloured patterns on the surfaces around the structure. The gels were laminated in plastic before being fixed to the structures. Each group produced a beautiful colour installation that worked in harmony with natural light showcasing ideas from nature and Mexican culture.
A special installation by Anne Bureau of Wonderfulight from France allowed participants to experience natural light through colour in the form of spectral sunglasses. The day ended with talks from both Anne on Light, Colour and Health and Daylight Inspiration from Light Collective.
Thanks to Rosco, Lamp and Phillips.