A Little Light Renovations

Here is the question of the moment in my head; should the use of light be considered a design aspect? Now I don’t mean the designing of light sources e.g.. lamps, chandeliers etc. I mean the light that is emitted itself. Standing on its own, is that design or simply a cool visual effect? For that matter, is it simply visual “art” like a movie, laser light show or music video? Which brings me to this temporary make-over of the Phyletic Museum in Germany by artist Robert Seidel. “Living Paintings” is a 35 by 16 meter façade projection with a corresponding light choreography, ambient music and synchronized sound effects shown in February 2008 in Jena, Germany. Created for the 100th anniversary of the Phyletic Museum as well as the Jena Illuminated event, and part of the opening ceremony for Science City 2008. The projection consists of five living paintings which turned the art nouveau façade of the Phyletic Museum into an architectural canvas. So what has happened here is someone else’s hundred year old architectural design has been transformed and reinterpreted by use of light. So did Robert Seidel redesign the building or simply effect it?

Designer: Robert Seidel

2 Comments

  • Nicolas Fugier says:

    Thanks for this blog, love it!

    Just for the sake of information, such “Live Paintings”, with lights, music and animations are shown for now more than 5 years in a french city called Lyon during a festival called Fete des Lumieres, each December 8th.
    Some of these lightings are shown here:
    and details about this event can be seen here:

    Best regards and thanks again for your blog!

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