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Monday 2 April 2012

VIVID LIGHT – Young and upcoming designers present a light installation made from airbags

Berlin, April 2012 – At Light + Build­ing 2012, one of the world’s lead­ing trade fairs, Light­ing Design stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­ences and Arts in Hildesheim will present a con­cep­tual work about the future of light.

The young light­ing design­ers were sup­ported in imple­ment­ing their art project by the glob­al­light­ing man­u­fac­turer Selux. VIVID LIGHT was ini­tially pre­sented before an inter­na­tional public in New Yorkat the jubilee cel­e­bra­tion of US mag­a­zine “AL – Archi­tec­tural Light­ing” in Decem­ber 2011. Now, from 15th-20th April 2012, vis­i­tors to the trade fair in Frank­furt am Main will also get a chance to enlighten them­selves about this inter­ac­tive cloud made of auto­mo­tive airbags.

Who better to muse about the chal­lenges of the Future of Light­ing” and to for­mu­late ideas on this than the next gen­er­a­tionit­self? Hansi Müller, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at Selux Corp. and Eliz­a­beth Donoff, Editor-in-Chief of “AL – Archi­tec­tural Light­ing” mag­a­zine were the ini­tia­tors of this business/​student col­lab­o­ra­tion and are united on this issue. The Light­ing Design stu­dents were enlisted for the project in coop­er­a­tion with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paul W. Schmits from the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­ences and Arts in Hildesheim and the Berlin head office of Selux.

For the 25th anniver­sary of the US spe­cial­ist mag­a­zine “AL – Archi­tec­tural Light­ing, a trio of young design­ers were given the task of design­ing a instal­la­tion on the theme of The Future of Light­ing”. VIVID LIGHT was the result, cre­ated by Julia Berner, Alexan­der Dronka and Johannes Roloff in the space of three months, during which time they designed, planned and realised an inter­ac­tive cloud of white nylon airbags, which hovers in the air over onlook­ers. Equipped with fans and lamps as well as inter­con­nected sen­sors, the cloud forms the heart­piece of their instal­la­tion. To start with, all the airbags are iden­ti­cal but if a vis­i­tor touches an airbag, it will inflate itself and begin to glow. Fromthis point onwards, the cloud responds to the onlook­ers and to itself. VIVID LIGHT ren­ders vis­i­tors part of the instal­la­tion, invit­ing them to test it out and play with it. The con­stant changes demon­strate the dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties of the lamp­types used, for the pur­poses of direct com­par­i­son and as a com­po­si­tional inter­ac­tion. When vis­i­tors stop touch­ing VIVID LIGHT, it returns to its ini­tial state again. Only non-dig­i­tal tech­niques and indus­trial semi-fin­ished prod­ucts wereused for the instal­la­tion in order to empha­sise how VIVID LIGHT only func­tions as a result of human inter­ven­tion yet at the same time never remains con­stant because of this too. VIVID LIGHT and its users have a mutual need for and­in­flu­ence on one another.

In our view, the Future of Light­ing” will be dom­i­nated less and less by tech­ni­cal aspects of lamps and lumi­naires. Effect and design vision will increas­ingly become the fac­tors accord­ing to which light­ing tools are selected and devel­oped, with new tech­nolo­gies acting as the dri­ving force behind this devel­op­ment. We believe that knowl­edge gained in this area will also be used with estab­lished tech­nolo­gies. Appli­ca­tion, devel­op­ment and usabil­ity will find an equi­lib­rium and the qual­ity of light and its effect will gain greater atten­tion and sig­nif­i­cance,” the young and upcom­ing design­ers explained, thereby jus­ti­fy­ing their con­cep­tual work.

Mate­ri­als: 45 airbags, 45 fans, 15 sen­sors, 15 boards, 5 incan­des­cent lamps, 15 halo­gen lamps, 19 com­pact flu­o­res­cent­lamps, 10 LED retro­fits

Team: Julia Berner, Johannes Roloff, Alexan­der Dronka
Super­vi­sion: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paul W. Schmits, HAWK Hildesheim, Fac­ulty of Design/​Lighting Design, Hansi Müller,Marketing, Selux Corp. USA, Hédi Kör­mendi, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Selux AG, Berlin

The VIVID LIGHT light instal­la­tion will be on show from 15th to 20th April 2012 at Light + Build­ing in Frank­furt am Main. The Higher Edu­ca­tion Area for Archi­tec­ture + Light­ing Tech­nol­ogy is sit­u­ated in Build­ing 5.1 –Deko­ra­tive Wohnraumleuchten/​Decorative Lumi­naires for Living Spaces, Stand D91.

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