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One Beam Of Light to premier at ICA

3 April 2013 16.00 BST

(UK) - One Beam of Light, the global photography initiative created by Light Collective in collaboration with Concord, to be exhibited at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on The Mall.

Launched in October last year, One Beam of Light  is an exhibition that aims to engage and inspire anyone interested in lighting. Curated by Light Collective, the show comprises crowd-sourced images, thematically linked by their focus on a single source of light. A global tour kicks off this month with a special event at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts open to the public from 11am on Tuesday 16 April to 6pm on Saturday 20 April 2013.

The guiding principles of the ICA sit perfectly with the goals of the One Beam of Light initiative, which is why it is the ideal venue choice for the exhibition. The ICA supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors. Founded in 1947 by an artists’ collective including Herbert Read, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Roland Penrose and Peter Watson, the ICA champions and questions contemporary culture across a range of art forms.

“After a successful curation period, we are now thrilled to be going onto the next stage of the One Beam of Light project,” comments Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton, Light Collective. “We are delighted to hold the One Beam of Light Exhibition at such a well-respected and creative venue. The exhibition will showcase participants’ creativity on a grand scale whilst being lit by Concord’s state-of-the-art LED Beacon Projectors. We hope that people will make the effort to come and view this inspirational exhibition.”

A traditionally unconventional medium, light artistry is a very popular outlet for showcasing the creativity involved in lighting design. The project has taken its inspiration from around the world, via highly acclaimed light artists and renowned architectural lighting design including Daniel Palacios, Chris Fraser and Daniel Schulze.

To help inspire participants who contributed to the One Beam of Light project, Concord donated a variety of its latest LED Beacon Projectors to aid in the creation of their images. Concord has a strong heritage in museum lighting, with its Beacon Muse luminaire found in museums around the world. The Beacon Projector continues this success and the One Beam of Light initiative was developed as a way to support the launch of its three models; Framing, Iris or Gobo.

The Framing version has four adjustable arms to allow the beam to be customised and shaped into square, rectangular or irregular forms. If a beam angle of ten degrees is required, then the Iris version is the perfect option. This can be used to create a circular beam to allow smaller objects to be pin-pointed with light. With the Gobo version any image, pattern or logo can be projected with the use of a steel or glass Gobo and to give even more flexibility, photographic images or wording can also be printed onto acetate. The significance of this is that, as LED technology does not push heat through its lens, unlike halogen or CMI, any acetate can be used and it will not melt. Acetates can also be changed quickly making them perfect for retail environments where new offers or urgent sales of slow moving specific product ranges need to be highlighted.

The new Beacon Projector’s lens frames light accurately around paintings without spilling light over the edges. Also, the Beacon Projector has an integral adjustable lux level feature that reduces the effect of artificial light on any exhibit or artwork. The high colour rendering index (typically Ra95) also ensures objects are shown with clarity and in a natural light.

Internationally recognised lighting design practices have submitted work to the initiative, including BDSP, DPA Lighting Consultants, AECOM and Klaasen Lighting Design amongst others. Whilst entries have been received en mass from – France, Spain, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Russia, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and the UK.


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