Review: ‘Spatial Illumination- 9 Light in 9 Rooms’

Great exhibition at D MUSEUM in South Korea. This exhibition presents ‘Spatial Illumiantion – 9 Lights in 9 Rooms,’ an inaugual exhibition introducing ‘Light Art’ by leading international artist. The exhibition is comprised of nine seperate rooms containing artworks encompassing a variety of genres, including installation, video, sculpture, sound and design. Arranged in the form of a progession from observation of pure light to direct experience of spaces designed to stimulate the sense, the nine work here all take light as their material, using it in a variety of forms and expressions and in combination with other sensory elements such as colour, sound and movement. Light is thus expanded into a medium of diverse properties. Due to the contrast of lights and sound the people’s concentration is maximized.

  • Room 01-‘meet a pureness of light’.

Cerith Wyn Evans’s work He presents a light as the trace of bodies movement. Through the complex line of white light attract attention to pureness of light.

  • Room 02- ‘find a color of light’.

Flynn Talbot’s work. In 2010 Flynn Talbot Studio was established and he was awarded “Young Lighting Designer of the Year.” Red, blue and green lights moving across a faceted triangular structure created multicoloured shadows in this installation by Australian lighting specialist Flynn Talbot. His work explores the way in which light impacts human experience and transforms space. He consistently aims to create unique and intimate light pieces that enable viewers a chance to feel transported while experiencing a sense of connectedness.

  • Room 03- ‘Build a space of light’

Erwin Redl’s work which called ‘Line Fade’.

In this installation, red and blue rays of light generated by fiber optic bundles form a cylindrical space. Due to the very nature its architectural dimension, participating by simply being ‘present’ is an integral part of the installations. And the formal aspect of this work becomes easily accessible through conscious aesthetic reduction to a minimalist vocabulary.

  • Room 04- ‘Face to specter of light’

Carlos Cruz-Diez’s work which called Chromosaturation. These works relate to the idea that in the origin of every culture lies a primary event as a starting point. A simple situation that generates a whole system of thoughts, sensitivity, myths, etc.

The Chromosaturation is an artificial environment composed of three color chambers, one red, one green and one blue that immerse the visitor in a completely monochrome situation. This experience creates disturbances in the retina, accustomed to receive wide range of colors simultaneously. The Chromosaturation can act as a trigger, activating in the viewer the notion of color as a material or physical situation, going into space without the aid of any form or even without any support, regardless of cultural beliefs.

  • Room 05- ‘Sprinkle piece of light’

Studio Roso’s installation which called Mirror Branch Daelim (2015).

‘Mirror branch’ is part of Studio Roso’s mirror disc series, based on the conceptual outset that ‘Light is only seen when reflected.’ This installation with thousands of mirror discs suspended from a branch-like structure reflects light and creates shadows, blending boundaries between space and the artwork and creating new narratives. Inspired by beautiful experience of walking in a forest with light filtering through the leaves, this work adds an emotional layer to the combination of nature and man-made elements

  • Room 06- ‘immersion of rhythm of light’

This work was first installed on the Brusov Ship, a renovated vessel moored on the Moscow River. The ceiling of the ship’s central hall is covered by 1,400 hexagonal tiles; the artists used four ultra short throw projectors to beam light of various colours and patterns and create an audio-visual effect that brought the sounds of the whale to life. Tundra’s light patterns and sounds give viewers an experience akin to swimming serenely in the sea with whales, listening to their singing.

  • Room 07- ‘Feel of wind of light’

Paul Cocksedge’s work which is Bourrasque (2015).

By reawakening us to the meaning and quality of light, it demonstrates the possibilities of expanding from light that we ‘see,’ visually and aesthetically, to light that we ‘experience’ physically. With its nine distinct spectra created by light, and its experimental placing of viewers in control of new, spatial light, ‘Spatial Illumination – 9 Lights in 9 Rooms’ offers to open new horizons in light art.

Room 08-Paint shadows of light

Dennis Parren


This installation work challenges the audience to interact with the light to create shapes and compositions of coloured shadows by entering the CMYK-lit area. Previously displayed at Glow Light Festival 2013 in Eindhoven, it proved a hit among visitors.

Room 09-Lose yourself in the time of light 

Olivier Ratsi


By red and white lines and geometric forms that repeatedly appear, overlap and fragment, this immersive installation work creates multi-layered visual combinations like the skins of an onion. Light projection onto a module of two walls intersecting at right angles uses two-dimensional graphics to constantly create three-dimensional spaces with volume and depth, transforming the flat into a new dimension that cannot be reached. Thomas Vaquie, the fellow Antivj artist, composed the accompanying sound, which plays an important role in ‘peeling’ away the material ‘skins’ of the space.


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