Three light festivals in UK, Poland and Estonia will play host to three commissioned installations, each exploring the scientific and aesthetic aspects of light and developed and rebuilt within site-specific contexts at each festival.
Dominik Lejman (Poland) – large-scale works aim to create a new kind of ‘urban’ light-painting – a technique involving video projections onto buildings, whose façades become highly charged historical canvases; Leonardo Meigas (Estonia) – work currently explores the scientific phenomenon of the Hartmann Grid. His piece will take the form of a multimedia installation of ‘invisible walls’ that appear when lit; and Simeon Nelson (UK) who is developing a computer based architectural projection in collaboration with Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman.
Lux Scientia will be curated to address academic and public audiences and foster scientific and cultural dialogues. The festivals will partner with academic institutions to develop a symposium at each festival. Each symposium will bring together the public, scientists, cultural experts and artists. The content of the symposiums will be realised as the artworks develop, which offers an alternative to the perceived formal nature of scientific discussions.
The EU Culture Fund has awarded €200,000 to realise the project, organised by Artichoke, a London based commissioning agency. It is jointly curated by Mario Caeiro a Lisbon based curator and Helen Marriage, co-director of Artichoke.
9-13 August. Skyway ’11, Torun, Poland – http://www.skyway.art.pl/
22-25 September. Tallinn, Estonia – http://www.tallinnfireandice.ee/2011/
17-20 November. Lumiere, Durham – http://www.lumieredurham.co.uk/