5ᵗʰ edition of the Lyon Light Festival Forum gathers over 190 participants



Last week, 194 participants gathered in Lyon for the 5th edition of the Lyon Light Festival Forum. The event was organised by the City of Lyon and LUCI during the internationally acclaimed Fête des Lumières, held in Lyon every December. It attracted representatives from more than 20 cities, as well as light festivals organisers, artists and lighting designers from all over the world.

This year, the Lyon Light Festival Forum theme was “At the Frontiers of Light”. The aim of the Forum was to open our minds on the new territories that light may enable us to conquer, to question our practices related to light, and to foster innovation and creativity.


Exploring the frontiers of light

Participants were invited to study these frontiers of light with eight professionals from various backgrounds, who presented their experiences and their investigations on the subject.

The first conference revolved around the exploration of urban light, with Marc Aurel, Jason Bruges and Pierre-William Glenn. As a designer, Marc Aurel has long been involved in urban projects reinventing spaces through light, from illuminating city centres to designing innovative luminaires. Through his presentation, he showed the audience how such projects can build connections between light and the urban space and its dwellers. Jason Bruges, an artist and a designer from London, used several of his creations to show how light could bring urban spaces or buildings to life. Seeing the city through
the eyes of an artist is an experience that could also describe Pierre-William Glenn’s career in cinema. He has notably worked as a cinematographer on the Academy Award-winning film Day for Night, by François Truffaut (1973). Pierre-William Glenn explained how his work has often been about “representation”: how a real space can be translated into a cinematographic one and how light can be a powerful tool for that translation.

Although they came from different disciplines, the three speakers in the end offered similar outlooks on light. Working with, by, or for that substance, they have often blurred the limits between science and art, between technicity and emotion.


Innovation and creativity, the new frontiers of light


The second conference was another example of what it means to blend art and technology, specifically around temporary and festive light installations. With a focus on innovation and creativity, this panel discussion gathered five speakers known for playing with the frontiers of light. Jean-Baptiste Hardoin, Multimedia Director at Moment Factory, amongst other things showed with the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, how light could be used to enhance historical heritage thanks to a data-driven technology. At Théoriz Studio, Creative Directors David-Alexandre Chanel and Jonathan Richer, also produce innovative artworks using light

and technologies they personally developed and researched. Echoing this duet of “artist-engineer-entrepreneurs”, Maya Benainous and Cyril Laurier introduced themselves as “craftsmen of light”. The founders of Hand Coded both draw upon their varied background – studying sound engineering, performing and visual arts – to use new technologies in the service of artistic creations.

Each in their own way, these five creative minds offered a glimpse of how technology can enhance light art installations, all the while offering a simple reminder: a good use of technology is always conditioned by originality in the narrative.


Meeting with the organisers of the Fête des Lumières


Participants also got to experience the Fête des Lumières, through guided tours and a meeting with the team behind the event. Jean-François Zurawik, its Director, Christophe Doucet, its Technical Director, Gilles Flouret, who manages the Major Projects of the Festival, and Romain Tamayo, who curates the Emergence Programme, answered multiple questions from participants. The organisers were asked about their selection process, the cost of the festival or the involvement of volunteers.

Yet another example of the internationalisation of the Fête des Lumières, a presentation was made

by Julien-Loïc Garin, Founder and Project Director of “Lumieres HK”, Hong Kong’s first light festival. The festival’s first edition was held in November this year, with the support of the City of Lyon.


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  • LUCI members can access the presentations made during the conferences in the LUCI Members Area




Credits: « Promenons-nous » by T-I-L-T (c) Muriel Chaulet
(c) LUCI Association