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Luminale, Frankfurt, Germany

Issue 55 June / July 2010


We look back at just some of the lighting projects that made up this year’s festival.

With just ten years under its belt, the Frankfurt Luminale may not be the worlds longest running festival of light – that honour goes to Lyon’s 150 year old Fete des Luminieres – but it has nonetheless built up a solid reputation as a showcase for the global lighting fraternity. This April brought the fifth edition of Luminale and, as with previous events, 2010 proved hugely popular.

Key to Luminale’s success is of course it’s close links with the Light+Building exhibition which runs parallel to the event. With the biennial influx of the world’s lighting designers, architects and light artists, Luminale is ensured an eager crowd of spectators and a much more  international spread of participants.

Whilst the real ‘business’ goes on in the Messe exhibition halls, the city outside offers an opportunity to see light’s more playful side emerge. As Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor Petra Roth noted in her introduction to the event, “Luminale proves, in combination with the Light + Building, that trade fairs can be far more than commercial events: they can also be family reunions for the industry and festivals with ideas that motivate and inspire.”

Notably, this is not an event exclusively for the lighting industry. Anyone that took a walk around the Luminale’s main sites will have witnessed the enthusiastic response by both visitors and in particular Frankfurters themselves who seemed to delight in the nightscape of their city being skewed with light.

Each project was autonomously organised and financed, with big names designer visions and low-budget student projects coming together to form a diverse range of installations transforming museums, galleries, industrial architecture, building sites, monuments, historic façades, squares and parks.

There were a host of ways to explore the city: boat tours, bus tours, by Light Tram and even a night time skate through the city. For those of you who didn’t get the chance, we bring you a small selection of the 150 installations and events on offer.


LIGHT ♥ FRANKFURT
GNI Projects, a collective made up of Graham Rollins, Nils Rigbers and Ingo Kalecinski, created LIGHT ♥ FRANKFURT. A play on the classic I♥NY logo the stylised heart is rendered by criss-crossing blood red laser beams that symbolised the passion, love and emotion that lighting can inspire.
The heart framework was laser cut and black anodized with the help of ACDC Lighting, who also provided low voltage laser drivers and general advice on laser diodes.
www.gni-projects.com


LICHTUNG/BAHNHOF ZOO
Specially created video content featuring a host of animated flora and fauna was projected onto the façade of Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof for the duration of the festival. Visuals included swarming bees, growing trees and a group of giant mice scurrying over archways and into the station’s windows. The project was masterminded by Andreas Conrad, Daniel Mauthe and Jan Ramrodt.


VISIOGRAPHS: SONGS OF THE PHOENIX
Projected on a screen installed in Kaiserdom St Bartholomäus was a concept by Klaus Damm – with help from satis & fy AG and ArtOfVision e K. The Song of the Phoenix  was a sequence of sounds and images stuck halfway between dream and reality. Shapes and Colours ‘permeated with hints of the organic’ were accompanied by electonic music designed to be simultaneously strange and familiar.
www.visible-music.de


THE MOON PORTAL
The reflection of the moon on a still water surface was the inspiration for the Mondana lighting series by RZB. Thus this Mondana portal is an ode to daylight and the romance of the moonlight.
www.rzb.de


INTERACTIVE LIGHT FOR THE KAMEHA SUITE

Visitors to www.doitsmart.de/luminale had the opportunity to create their own lighting design for the façade and window illumination of Taunusanlage 20. These were then displayed for one minute each over the course of the Luminale festival – a total of 1800 designs. Designs were photographed and emailed to participants.
www.doitsmart.de/luminale


COAL CRANE IN A NEW LIGHT
In an exposed dock and riverbank venue between the A661 Offenbach-Kaiserlei motorway and the Main riverbank, the historic coal crane at the EVO power station was given a ghostly glow with an outline of LED lighting.


BLUE NIGHT AT THE FRANKFURT STOCK EXCHANGE TRADING HALL
The Main Trading Hall at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange was turned blue on Sunday 11 April. Under the motto ‘Blue Night: Trading’, Atelier Brückner, in collaboration with the light artist Ingo Bracke, developed a light and sound installation, allowing visitors to experience the German stock exchange in a completely new way.
In addition to the trading cubicles, illuminated in blue, and the blue-framed price board, a glowing world-map composed of LED strips was run around the walls and trading-themed images projected onto the ceiling.
www.atelier-brueckner.com   


LIGHT BRUSHING: LIGHT BIOTOPE IN THE ROSE GARDEN
Frankfurt’s Palmengarten was the location for Sabrina Spree’s project. Taking inspiration from the way the changing seasons change the botanical gardens – ‘clothing’ them in natural beauty – Spree used light to form a visual biotope along the collonades of the Rose Garden -thus filling the gap between winter and spring.

VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/11565625

HEAVY-MEDIUM-LIGHT
Artistic duo Kehres & Hungerer brought together lampshades from a variety of decades and countries to create an installation that filled a public space with icons of the private world.
www.commonlights.com   www.montex.de


LIGHT SKTECHES IN THE OBERMAINANLAGE 
Obermainanlage park was broken into segments of space in this piece created by students from the HS Coburg, Fakultät Design and HFT Stuttgart-nternational Masters of Interior Architectural Design. The project was sponsored by iGuzzini and LDE Belzner Holmes.


PULSE OF THE CITY
Each city feels different. It has its own pulse. This installation by BlueMars aimed to make this pulse a visible entity. Taking its input from visitors to the installation, market index figures, internet conversations, traffic data and meteorological readings, these glowing cubes at Börsenplatz converted it into a colourful graphic display.

VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/10996199

HIVE-SCHWARM
Hanging above the pond behind the Alte Oper concert hall, this amorphous swarm of individually controllable LED nodes swirled around in a self organising system processed by a nearby computer system. Accompanied by a soundtrack of electronic buzzing and crackling, this installation by FB Gestaltung and FH Mainz (with the support of Zumtobel) kept spectators transfixed.
www.fh.-mainz.de

VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/11057311


LICHTUNG / PRESENCE IN ABSENCE
In this concept by Robert Meyer, Illuminated wood-frame fingers growing from the ground cast shadows onto the roof above. The installation set out to create a new relationship between the observer and the town.
www.fh-mainz.de


KLEINSCHE HOFE >>PASSAGE>>
This installation by archtect Jens Schade at the Kleinischen Hofe in Darmstadt used projected light to blur the edges of the courtyard space. Lines of light and text spread out across the space, following visitors as they walked through the area.
www.raumbasis.de


LICHT.ANAMORPHOSIS FRANKFURT

Using overlapping projections, Professor Wolfgang Rang of Atelier Rang and Paolo Buroni of Stark created a special lighting conundrum with light expanding and twisting the space. The concept won Prof. Rang the Mainova ‘Licht!Kunst!Effizien!’ prize and Luminale provided its first showing.
www.stark1200.com


MENHIR SOLAIRE - ENERGY AUTONOMOUS SCULPTURE
Standing not far from Frankfurt’s landmark Euro sign sculpture in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank, the colourful menhir collected daylight and transformed it into light and sound after dark. Created by Solar Lifestyle GmbH with support from Sharp Electonics Europe, the menhir’s translucent skin was etched with diagrams of electromagnetic currents from the solar cornona.
www.solar-lifestyle.de


PAUL GOSCHEL: LIGHT ARCH
Offered up with an enigmatic one line explanation - “Everyone could see it and everyone saw something different...” – Paul Göschel’s Leuchtbogen with its 12 metre span, sat by the river in Wallenlagen, its reflection rippling in the water.


DEAR LILI
In 1775, the 26 year-old Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the 17 year–old Anna Elisabeth ‘Lili’ Schönemann met in what is now called the Lili-Park. A romance, engagement and separation followed, leaving nothing but memories. Bringing these memories back to life, was key to the illumination of the Lilli-Temple in Offenback.
www.light-tools.de   www.himmelbraun.de
www.ikarus.de


URBAN SECTION
Created by Hess AG alongside architecture students from Hoshschule Darmstadt, Urban Section used light to cut a seemingly random area out of the urban space. The choice of location, Friedberger Anlage is significant as it is filled with content that reaveals the history of the Frankfurt and its economic, political and cultural aspects.
www.hess.eu

 

Pic: GNI Projects

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