01. Apr 2013

No. 87 – Exhibition and exhibition spaces

Mar/Apr 2013

Interactive light art for urban redevelopment. Silo 468 in Helsinki/FIN. 
Text: Joachim Ritter
Silo 468 in Helsinki is all over the Internet right now. The project received the award for Best Spatial Media Art at the Media Architecture Biennale in Aarhus/DK in November 2012, and it will probably not be the last award to go its way. We take a closer look at the project to understand what it is that makes it so fascinating.

Interactive light art for urban redevelopment. Silo 468 in Helsinki/FIN

Shades of grey: Christo’s Big Air Package in the Gasometer in Oberhausen/D 
Text: Joachim Ritter
The intention of the designer is to define spaces through a balance of light and shadow, and give those spaces character and meaning through contrast and colour. Some go about this task in a far too complex or too technical way. Sometimes it is sufficient to give the volume shape and structure, as artist Christo has done in his latest project. The rest the light can handle on its own. Is that the difference between an artist and a designer?

Sea of shadows: The “heart-wrenching” beauty of minimalism: a prime example of a neuroaesthetic approach
Text: Joachim Ritter
There are times when it seems impossible to talk about a lighting installation because it appears to be so utterly simple – so simple in fact that it is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. In such cases, we just succumb to beauty, rely on our powers of perception, and enjoy. But reducing everything to a minimum is not the answer. Even minimalism requires structure and a concept.

Norwegian woods: The “Pathways through nature” exhibition in The Norwegian Forest Museum in Elverum/N
Text: Alison Ritter
Museum marketeers maintain that science museums tend to have the widest appeal. But why do people visit museums anyway when they can watch documentaries and nature films on the television or enter topics of interest in an Internet search engine? The Norwegian Forest Museum in Elverum/N already has a nice name that appeals to natives of Norway and nature-loving tourists alike. But wait until you get inside. It gives “Norwegian Wood” a totally new meaning.

Upside down: A new perspective of the icons of automobile history. ZeitHaus – Automobile Museum in Wolfsburg/D
Text: Kardorff Ingenieure
The ZeitHaus Museum presents the milestones in the 126-year-old history of the automobile industry, taking as examples over 100 vehicles from a wide range of automobile manufacturers. The philosophy of the museum is to show trendsetters: cars that set standards and served other manufacturers as models or examples for their own developments. And since the lighting solution has turned the exhibition spaces upside down, you can be forgiven for turning the following pages upside down to appreciate the effect to the full…

Dossier: The realisation of the Tiziano-exhibition 
Text: Alison Ritter
The Titian exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome helps researchers understand how purposefully applied LED light can enhance the viewer’s appreciation and understanding of a work of art. A lighting designer needs to understand human perception in order to be able to illuminate any architectural space. And a lighting designer needs tools: light sources, luminaires, reflectors, optics. But to be able to use those tools he needs knowledge and specific skills. When it comes to illuminating paintings, he now needs a deep understanding of neuroaesthetics as our dossier shows.

LED lighting in art
Text: Carina Buchholz
LED lighting: a curse or blessing when it comes to lighting art? There has been heated debate on this topic for a long time. In the end it was the positive experience obtained from practical applications of the technology in museums, together with groundbreaking scientific studies, that dispelled any final doubts about this milestone in the history of light sources. In 2012 solid state lighting finally asserted itself as a viable option in the museum world, offering a completely new perspective on the modification of luminous colours within a light source and how to achieve very good colour rendering.


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