Auszeichnungen: Italian artist Elisa Spanò…

18. Dec 2015

… is the winner of the Osram art award

Italian artist Elisa Spanò is the winner of the “Light is Osram” (LIO) art award. The “Inspira” LED luminaire she designed can translate the moods of Internet users into different colours, creating a “mood picture” of the World Wide Web.

Osram announced the LIO award together with the Köln International School of Design (KISD). More than 50 art and design students at the school and its partner schools in Milan/I and Philadelphia/USA took part in LIO 2015. Inspired by the slogan “Light connects. In the public space”, their remit was to consider how light based on LED technology can connect people in public places.


The winning entry from Elisa Spanò is based on the fact that the Internet is the world’s largest public space. Her luminaire changes colour depending on the majority mood of Internet users. Inspira takes the data it needs from an online platform that captures the emotions of Internet users. The luminaire also interacts with people directly looking at it. A special software developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition Engine) registers their emotions and translates them directly into different luminous colours.

In addition to the winning entry, 17 further designs that particularly impressed the jury were also on show at the LIO award ceremony in the Deutsches Museum in Munich/D. Second place was shared by Peter Bahner with his “Lightbridge” installation and David Hartgenbusch with “Peek”. Third place went to “Twinkle Light” by Maximilian Philipp Maria Brück.

Inspira will be on display at the Deutsches Museum in Munich/D until the end of February.

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