lunes, 11 de abril de 2011

Manipulating Light to Shape Experience and Perception

"To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim." - Oscar Wilde

Glen Shrum of Architectural Lighting Magazine recently posted a great article“Light Art Matters: A Closer Look at the Ideas Behind the Work”. The author highlights two fundamentally different schools of thought for light artists – those who conceal lighting systems and those who reveal them.

Light artists are constantly exploring the viewer's experience as the central concern in manipulating light, space, and technology.  As Glen Shrum points out, light art differs from architectural lighting design in that it is more heavily focused on perceptual experience, while architectural lighting design also deals with real-life issues (budgets, coordination, maintenance access, lifespan, energy consumption).
When the physicality of a light source is hidden, viewers are launched into a more dreamlike state of awareness of the effects of the lighting, and not the fixtures or mechanics themselves. When artists choose to portray the lighting effects along with exposing their mechanics, viewers assume a more analytical role in pondering both the fixture itself and its spatial effects. These principles have been pushed to the forefront of discourse by the light artist's installations, and architectural lighting designers can use the methodologies as a source of inspiration.
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