26. Feb 2016

No. 100 – Italy in a process of change

Modern times
The term “blue hour” acquires a new meaning
Text: Joachim Ritter
Italy is the epitome when it comes to design, fashion and culture. A leader in these areas and extremely creative. And yet sometimes modern trends and historical roots seem to get in each other’s way. Where in Italy can we find truly new modern design that renders visible references to fashion, culture and the state of the country itself? And what role does light play in this context?

Light to support our subjective experience
Two temporary exhibitions in Naples and Pompeii
Text: Alison Ritter
What does Pompeii mean to us in the 21st century? A volcano eruption – nothing less than Mount Vesuvius – wiped out an early Roman city in the year A.D. 79. That is 20 centuries ago. State-of-the-art lighting was applied in the exhibition spaces to bring the impact of what happened all those years ago closer to us today.

The “Monza Method”
Light and three-dimensionality in the
Galleria die Carracci in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome/I

Text: Francesco Iannone
The illumination of historic art, frescos and statues is currently gaining in terms of quality through LED technology. What was formerly simply regarded as a task for uniform lighting – also with regard to the spectral composition of the light – is now seen as a design challenge. Paintings can be lit sensitively, and attention paid to the way different pigments respond to light. Two projects recently completed in Rome make for an interesting comparison: the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes painted by Annibale Carracci in Palazzo Farnese.

Telling stories
Two projects in Rome. Historical milestones and the stories
behind them achieve a new form of narrative quality through digital lighting

Text: Paula Negrut, Joachim Ritter
For more than a century, we have been making increasingly more use of the potential of designed architectural lighting. The invention of electric light made this possible. Architectural lighting was designed to be purely functional or with the goal of rendering spaces and structures more legible after dark. With the advent of digital light we now also have the possibility to perform the task professionally and coherently, and even achieve a new form of narrative quality.

Teaching the history of the vision of light through ages and cultures
Text: Richard Zarytkiewicz
Our vision of light and lighting has a history which can be described through the reading of its representations through ages or cultures. Cultural experience as a basis for defining the quality of light. The lighting designer’s vision of light is part of the process of designing the lighting project. It is the result of a synthesis of the respective designer’s observations and cultural experience coupled with his own professional knowledge and practice within architectural spaces and the addition of artistic appeal.

Ingeniously unique
Anyone can produce an architectural drawing using pencil and paper…
Text: Sabrina Schluckebier
A sheet of white paper can look pretty empty and non-descript: basically white material with no content, a virgin medium so to speak. It may be light or dark in colour, thick or thin, or practically transparent. Text, colours or lines lend the paper a sense of meaning, a statement, transform it into means of transmitting information. Without any of this the sheet of paper is uninteresting, dull, lacks value and remains unnoticed and unappreciated. You would think…

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