Lyon Light Festival Forum 2020

– Pecha Kucha Sessions


by Rik van Stiphout, Programme Advisor Light & Culture, City of Eindhoven / GLOW (The Netherlands), Castor Bours, Studio Toer (The Netherlands) & Wouter Widdershoven, Studio Toer (The Netherlands)

In Eindhoven, we have great freedom of movement and plenty of room for expression. But now we feel trapped in our limitations. Our room to move is uncomfortably restricted and our contact is reduced to the inevitable. The installation presented during this pecha kucha session feverishly searches for space within the limits of what is still possible. Continuously moving but unable to escape. Glass stands between the viewer and his own twisted reflection. It echoes today’s compelling distance and threatening alienation.

The current choreography about keeping distance and wanting to be close is the starting point for this installation. The pain this causes is reflected in the bursting desire for real contact. Extinguished by the cold glass wall that prevents that. Illuminating hopefully with every new tireless attempt to break through today. Normally, dark Eindhoven offers a canvas to celebrate life. Today life takes place in small enclosed spaces. We want to emphasize the difficulty of such a limitation in this installation. Light is hope and hope gives us tomorrow.

This installation is part of an “after” Glow municipal outdoor exhibition starting on November 25. The artwork is a co-production of Rik van Stiphout and Studio Toer, a multidisciplinary design studio from the Netherlands, founded in 2011 by Castor Bours and Wouter Widdershoven.

Taxco de Alarcón : From Darkness to the Light

by Evelyn Figueroa, Municipal Tourism Secretary, Taxco de Alarcón (Mexico)

Taxco de Alarcón, in central Mexico, began implementing a lighting masterplan in 2009 (Taxco Ciudad Luz), and joined LUCI in 2010. The masterplan’s goal is to preserve the historical memory of the city, which is known for its rich heritage of chapels, monuments and fountains. Evelyn Figueroa, the Municipal Tourism Secretary, will present three projects and their creative aspects in particular: the illumination of a “tourist circuit” in Taxco’s old alleys, the “Bright Christmas” project, and the general maintenance of the peripheral public lighting.

Light Festivals Sustainability – COP 26 Glasgow

by Craig Morrison, Festival Director, CMD (UK)

Can artists and festivals promote a sustainable message? A presentation to discuss how light artists can work in a more sustainable way. The COVID pandemic has raised all kinds of questions, one of the most important being the need to address the issue of climate change. This presentation will illustrate how light art can become a substantial part of the discussion, using examples of artworks that demonstrate a positive use of materials or minimise the use of power for the exhibition period.
Craig Morrison is looking to build a database of both artists and cities that are developing this type of work. This database will comprise artworks that have a sustainable message underlying the content and will also focus on collaborative practice. The ultimate aim is to develop and promote a more sustainable way of working for light festivals going forward.

Medellin: This Christmas, stay in Colombia, your home

by Maria Isabel Zuluaga Gomez, Medellin/EPM (Colombia)

We realized that, as Colombians, we don’t have the opportunity to travel through our country, and many people would rather go abroad for tourism. As a result of this, our concept for this year has emerged: “This Christmas stay in Colombia, your Home”.

The Medellín Christmas Light Tour 2020 has been created in order to celebrate three different aspects of tourism: architecture, nature and culture. This is a project to think, feel and talk about LOCAL, to embrace our essence as Colombians celebrating our identity.

We know how much this special magic of Christmas can fill our hearts, that’s why our main goal is to give the city the best light show each year, creating precious pieces of art installed in main parks and avenues around the city.

Furthermore, our goal is to rebuild our city, reactivate the economy and provide fun for its citizens after a long quarantine.

Creative light in difficult times

by Isabelle Corten, Urban Lighting Designer, Radiance35 (Belgium)

In 2016, just after the attacks in Brussels, as part of a project in Molenbeek, Radiance35 proposed to use the methodology of guerilla lighting to bring awareness about the transformative power of light. A positive action in difficult times!

Elevating community interest and commitment to responsible and creative lighting

by Nowshad (Shad) Ali, Director, Eclat Lighting Initiative (Canada)

Shad will take us on an exploration of how one city (Saskatoon) used a creative lighting project and community process to elevate interest in responsible and creative lighting, leading to the launch of the Eclat Lighting Initiative. The presentation will feature examples from the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Lighting Project and the Lighting Master Plan Community and Stakeholder Engagement Process.

The goals of the Eclat Lighting Initiative are: 1) Education and knowledge building with regard to the design, implementation and use of light for artistic expression, safety, ambience, traffic and pedestrian flow, in ways that reduce power consumption and contributes positively to environmental sustainability. 2) Provide live scaled examples of lighting approaches and solutions that can enhance quality of life while reducing power consumption and contributing positively to environmental sustainability.

Palace of Versailles, architectural lighting design and monumental projections

by Matthieu Graffin, Lighting Projects Manager, Citeos Ile de France Grands Projets (Citeos – Omexom)

Since 2014, Citeos has been carrying out architectural lighting works on the basins and facades of the Palace of Versailles (France). To enhance this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, Citeos has deployed dynamic lighting installations. In the prestigious gardens designed by André Le Nôtre, Citeos installed underwater lighting in the Water Theater and in the Neptune Basin. In total, more than 50 fountains and hundreds of statues were illuminated. Each year, the renewal works of these installations aim to offer a memorable experience to the visitors of the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes show, that takes place during the summer in the gardens.

Rooting light in the community

by Kate Harvey, Senior Producer, Artichoke (UK)

For over 10 years Lumière has invited artists from across the world to respond to the extraordinary topography and dark streets of the medieval city of Durham. Every two years over the 4 nights of the festival, Durham welcomes audiences numbering more than four times the population of the city. As the audience for the festival grows, so too does the work by Artichoke between the editions to build long term partnerships to enable the festival to be inspired by and to inspire the people who live and work across County Durham.

During the year before each festival, in schools and colleges, libraries and community centres, artists collaborate with local residents to locate the artworks firmly in the lives and experiences of the people who call Durham home. As skills and stories are shared across continents the festival is strengthened by an equal connection with people and place.

Bright Brussels – Festival of Light

by Nathalie Tilmant, B2C Events Supervisor, (Belgium)Winter light festivals in the City of Linköping, the touristic organisation of the Brussels-Capital Region, has been organising the event “Bright Brussels – Festival of Light” since 2017. Bright Brussels highlights the rich heritage of Brussels through light and art while remaining accessible to all. But more than just a light event, and thanks to an exponential popularity among a national and international audience, Bright Brussels has become a real touristic and economic tool for the city. As a pretty new “kid on the block”, Bright Brussels is experiencing the beginning of its development, which has many avenues to explore.

Plastic: the fifth element revealed by light

by BIBI, artist (France)Luci d’Artista: 21 years of public art light festivals in Torino

To give plastic the place it deserves – notably as the 5th element – BIBI has worked relentlessly with two universally distributed icons: polyethylene containers and traffic cones from Lübeck. Using familiar accessories, conceived of in an eminently contemporary material, BIBI’s work has been examining our relationship with the environment and our capacity to face contradictions created by garbage since 1991.
Why plastic? Because if being bipedal, making tools, laughing and consciousness are no longer our nature, then nature is to be found elsewhere. Man’s nature is undoubtedly his phenomenal appetite for self-destruction and coming up with gimmicks and useless, if not outlandish, garbage.

Skopje Light Art District 2020

by Filip Avramchev, Producer, Skopje Light Art District, City of Skopje (North Macedonia)

The Skopje Light Art District held its third edition light festival in 2020. This presentation will reveal the growth of the festival from its first year and share how organisers managed to be one of the few festivals to have a successful edition during the pandemic.

Photo credits
©Matthew Andrews ; ©Bright Brussels