BGE Light Art Walk 2017

2017 Light Artists

ARGO

Artists: Jann Rosen-Queralt, Marian Ochoa and Kirsten Walsh

Baltimore, MD

An immersive installation, ARGO underscores the profound influence of water. Light and water share emotional and physical properties: both provide life or hope, and instill fear or trust. ARGO addresses events formed by and affecting water, and how Baltimore’s water systems are precariously changing.

About the artists: Jann Rosen-Queralt’s work reveals the poetic and sublime nature of water. Her practice is rooted in research and collaboration resulting from in-depth work with communities; her body of work includes a rain garden in Virginia, and an installation at the Brightwater Waste Treatment Center in Washington State. Marian Ochoa is an interdisciplinary artist and activist devoted to exploration through her studio practice and scientific research; and she’s involved in community endeavors centered around social justice issues. Ochoa earned a Master’s degree from MICA in Photo and Electronic Media. Kirsten Walsh is a curator fascinated by alternative forms of exhibitions. She believes in the power of objects to convey stories and strives to create experiences more approachable, playful, and hopefully transformational. Walsh earned a MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA.

Photo: ARGO Jann Rosen-Queralt, Marian Ochoa, and Kirsten Walsh, rendering by Jann Rosen-Queralt

IMPULSE

Located in the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Garden

Artists: Lateral Office and CS Design

Canada

This publicly activated light and sound experience will create an urban play space through 15 seesaws of various sizes. To activate them, one person sits down on each end. The seesaws, fitted with LED lights and speakers, then produce a series of beautiful sounds.

About the artists: Founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard and Mason White, Lateral Office is a Toronto-based experimental design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. The studio sees architecture as a response to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project – social, ecological or political. The firm’s recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between the public realm, infrastructure and the environment. CS Design was founded in 2008 by Conor Sampson. A wide array of architecture, landscape architecture and engineering firms have hired the firm to design lighting for parks, heritage buildings, monuments and artworks. CS Design’s areas of expertise include electric lighting and programmable control specification, custom fixture design, daylighting in buildings and public spaces, and energy efficiency.

Photo: Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design, photo by Ulysse Lemerise, OSA

THE POOL [REFLECT]

Located in the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Garden

Artist: Jen Lewin

New York, NY

The Pool [Reflect] is an adaptation of The Pool and Super Pool that uses a system of interactive, reflective dichroic platforms to create a dynamic landscape of interactive light. During the day, The Pool [Reflect] will shift in color and reflection, mirroring the sky within a walkable dichroic surface. At night, The Pool [Reflect] will flow and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging large groups in collaborative and connected play. Imagine a giant canvas where you can paint and splash light collaboratively or watch the floating clouds and skyscape shift in a Monet-esque reflection.

About the artist: Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned new media and interactive sculptor based in New York. Over her 20-year career, Lewin has honed her architectural background and a highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures made for public use.

Photo: Pool Reflect by Jen Lewin, photo by Jen Lewin Studio

THE DIVIDED LINE

Presented by Whiting-Turner

Artists: The RE/PUBLIC: (Baltimore, MD) k.lechleiter ARCHITECT, PI.KL Studio, LED BETTER STUDIO, Elsa Haarstad, BETHETO, in collaboration with: Sui Park – Installation Artist (New York City, NY) Doug Koschalk – Elemental Metalworks (Baltimore, MD)

THE DIVIDED LINE is an interactive installation utilizing Virtual Reality (VR) to provide an alternate framework as an interpretation of an idealized construct to be inhabited. The light form itself divides into two chambers to be occupied by visitors who can engage the VR experience upon entering. This alternate reality will evolve and change over the course of the festival, providing visitors with new interpretations each day they interact with the installation.

About the artist: The RE/PUBLIC is a collaborative agency in Baltimore, MD formed by individuals implementing a cohesive and thoughtful process of development, design & build. Comprised of architects, designers, artists, builders, and developers, all of the members have individual practices with several of the faculty members at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning. The RE/PUBLIC is made up of the following agencies: BETHETO , PI.KL Studio, LED BETTER Studio, k.lechleiter ARCHITECT, and Elsa Haarstad.

Photo: The Divided Line by The RE/PUBLIC

HOUSE OF CARDS

Presented by Downtown Partnership, PNC Bank, and BOPA

Artist: OGE Group

Israel

House of Cards is made of 128 light boxes in the form of playing cards, which in turn appear according to a choreography as a rhythmic play of light and shadows; virtually building up and breaking down; a vivid energetic play of light. Premiering in 2011 at the 6th Light in Jerusalem Festival, the installation was recently featured at the Berlin Film Festival and will feature a unique treatment of the cards exclusive to Light City Baltimore.

About the artist: OGE Group, founded by Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr in 2007, is a design studio that is well known for its wide multidisciplinary approach and the integration of design, light design, art direction & urban concepts.

Photo: House of Cards by OGE Group at the Light in Jerusalem Festival 2014, photo by Perry Mandelboym

OVO

Artists: OVO Collective

Belgium

OVO is a multi-sensory art installation to which an interactive dimension is provided by the plays of light and by visual and acoustic animations. The visitor is invited to walk on a path in the water to reach the interior of the egg shaped sculpture, as if to vanish into a metaphysical mist. In this participatory creation, the spectator becomes fully actor of one’s experience.

About the artists: OVO Collective is a collaboration formed by Belgium artist Koert Vermeulen from ACT Lighting Design, Marcos Viñals Bassols who is in charge of staging, and Pol Marchandise & Mostafa Hadi of Odeaubois who created the sculpture.

Photo: OVO by OVO Collective, photo by Lucia Carretero

LIGHT HAPPENINGS PART II

Artist: Labbodies

Baltimore, MD

Building on their 2016 Neighborhood Lights project in Station North, Light Happenings Part II is a site-specific multimedia installation and performance by lead artists Ada Pinkston and Hoesy Corona. The interactive installation will be activated with audience participation and live performances by regional and national performance artists.  Light Happenings Part II will examine some of the most tragic moments in history and their connection to contemporary acts of violence in the United States.  In the face of such earthly horror, the question remains: Where Is Your Lighthouse?

About the artist: Returning to Light City for the second year, Lab Bodies is a performance art laboratory based in Baltimore, Maryland that provides a format for artists working in the arena of performance art to exhibit their work. Last year they launched the annual performance art review Borders Boundaries and Barricades to highlight the growing regional performance art community. Since January 2014, Labbodies has been under the direction of founding co-directors Ada Pinkston and Hoesy Corona.

Photo: Dark City by Labbodies, photo by Carly J Bales

KINETIC KAUCHII/DEKOSOFA

Artist: Formstone Castle Collective

Baltimore, MD

The Kinetic Kauchii/DekoSofa is a uniquely Baltimorean interpretation of the DekoTora truck aesthetic, transforming participant experiences during Light City. Dekosofa seeks to provide surprising and joyful encounters between the audience and the artists, as well as between and among audience members themselves. The DekoSofa’s aim is to inspire questions about community, neighborhood engagement, and sustainable transportation, as well as remind people of the inseparable relationship of humans and the Chesapeake Bay.

About Formstone Castle Collective:  A small team based out of Upper Fells Point, Baltimore, Formstone Castle Collective brings together the enthusiasm and diverse skillsets of the Couchsurfing community, along with creativity of the Burner community and the mechanical resources of the Bike community. Their projects are typically envisioned and produced by a lead artist—for the Kinetic Kauchii/DekoSofa, Michael Bowman—and made real through the efforts of numerous volunteers. Their core mission of collaboration continues with the DekoSofa, as they work with other artists to decorate the couch, create costumes for riders, provide an ambient soundscape, and help complete the transformation of their 2016 Kinetic Sculpture Race entry, the Kinetic Kouch, into the Kinetic Kauchii.

Photo: Kinetic Kauchii/Dekosofa by Formstone Castle Collective, rendering by Nisha Ramnath

OUR HOUSE

Artist: Tom Dekyvere

Belgium

Using an illuminated nylon fiber across the suspension bridge of Piers 3 & 4, OUR HOUSE illustrates togetherness and collaboration in contrast with nature and technology through the metaphoric symbols of sound and vision.

About the artist: For the past five years, Tom has been exploring the deeper layers of reality and the human mind. His work has been exhibited in Europe, Belgium and The Netherlands, France, Portugal, Germany, Sydney and Toronto.

Photo: Apparatus Florius Leeds 2016 by Tom Dekyvere, photo by Mark Pickthall

MY LIGHT IS YOUR LIGHT

Artist: alaa minawi

Paying tribute to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, this light installation embodies six human-scale figures representing a family made up of a father, mother, grandfather, aunt and two children.

About the artist: alaa minawi is a Palestinian-Lebanese visual artist who was inspired to create this project after working for three years as an interpreter for Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Sumalian refugees. Since 2006, he has worked on more than 300 performances in Lebanon and the Arab world as a lighting designer and performer.

Photo: my light is your light by alaa minawi, photo by Winter Lights

SONO:LUMO

Artist: sono:lumo

Baltimore, MD

sono:lumo is an interactive installation that converts sound waves into rings of colorful light. It responds to environmental noise, such as your voice or a musical instrument, with splashes of color that propagate through the structure like ripples in a pond. It is inspired by sonoluminescence, where sound waves produce tiny flashes of light when gas bubbles collapse.

About the artist: Sono:lumo, led by Joe McArdle, Alfred Yu, and Margaret Duff, is a team of crafty engineers, scientists, and artists seeking to engage the human mind and to illuminate the natural world through interactive media.

Photo: sono:lumo and musical instruments by Autumn Kulaga, photo by Alfred Yu

L’ENVOL

Presented by Pier V Hotel

Artists: PITAYA

France

A swarm of handmade, illuminated, exotic migratory birds will settle for a moment in the city of Baltimore. Their clean-cut appearance is a reminiscent of origami objects. High in the trees, the birds appear to have settled their home in the branches. Through their migratory journey, these lighting birds have nestled in various places around the world. Every new resting place gives the lighting birds a new unique vitality.

About the artist: PITAYA is a creative studio founded by David Lesort and Arnaud Giroud. In 2006, Le studio lyonnais participated in its first light event and created thirty chandeliers for the Festival of Light in Lyon. From then on, PITAYA develops projects around the light each year and exhibits them in these new urban festivals, veritable open-air showcases.

Photo: L’Envol by PITAYA, photo by  C. Langer and GLOW Eindhoven

ELECTRON DRAWING-VISUAL MUSIC

Artist: Timothy Nohe

Baltimore, MD

Electron Drawing-Visual Music encourages audiences of all ages to become active creators of live technological art and beautiful, mathematically derived music and drawings. This interactive artwork is rooted in expressive drawing, fascinating mathematical discoveries of the 19th century, and the “switched-on” synthesizer music of the 1960s.   Audiences directly shape the video-projected electronic drawings and music through a joystick and button arcade controllers.

About the artist: Timothy Nohe is an artist, composer and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in civic life and public places. His work has been focused upon sustainability and place, and musical and video works for dance and live performance.   Nohe has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues: ISEA: Paris and the Baltic Sea; Ars Electronica, Linz; the Danish Institute of Electro-Acoustic Music, Århus; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Oxfringe Festival, Oxford; Fed Square, Melbourne; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The National Aquarium, Baltimore; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York.  He was an Australian – American Fulbright Commission Senior Scholar, and is currently a professor of Visual Arts at UMBC.

Photo: Electron Drawing – Visual Music by Timothy Nohe, photo by Timothy Nohe

COMMUNICATION GAPS

Artists: GSP .studio

Baltimore, MD

Communication Gaps is a collaborative interactive light and sound sculpture. Set on water and using the harbor itself as medium, the aim of Communication Gaps is to use movement, light, and sound to express yourself to the participant across the canal. Use your own movement to control the ways the light and sound travel over the water. Create a visual conversation and bridge the communication gaps between you and the person on the other side.

About the artist: GSP.studio is an experiential art and design studio specializing in performance design, immersive spaces, and interactive multimedia installations. Founded in Baltimore in 2017 by Greg St. Pierre, GSP.studio uses the combination of art and technology to curate unique experiences that aim to inspire imagination and broaden understanding. In addition to exhibiting their own art internationally, GSP.studio creates work for live performance, architecture and interior spaces, local communities, and commercial applications.

Photo: Communication Gaps Rendering 1 by GSP .studio, rendering by Samir Taylor

ON DEMAND

On Demand will host a curated program of looped video and time-based media content, exploring the range and diversity of experimental forms of cinema made locally and abroad. Light City is releasing a new Call for Entry, and creatives working across traditional and experimental short films, animations, poetronica, music videos, and other forms of digital media are encouraged to submit their existing works for consideration. On Demand will be a new feature and installation at Light City in 2017.

SUEÑOS

Artist: Edgar Reyes

Baltimore, MD

Sueños acknowledges and celebrates the Latino Community’s struggle for social justice. It was developed in collaboration with artist Edgar Reyes and Latino youth from Baltimore City and Langley Park. The artwork highlights and reflects their complex racial makeup and honors loved ones who have died migrating to the United States. The installation creatively displays their unique experience in embracing their distinct cultures; that are a mixture of Native, African, and European traditions.

About Edgar Reyes: Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. His work is a reflection of his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States. Reyes earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profits and private institutions.

Photo: Sueños rendering by Edgar Reyes

DRIFT

Artist: Stephanie Imbeau

Berlin/New York

A site-specific installation covering three sailboats with umbrellas will celebrate the deep natural harbor and the beauty of community and highlight the importance of boats to Baltimore’s history. At night, lights beneath the umbrellas will cause the sculpture itself to glow, creating colorful reflections on the water.

About the artist: Stephanie Imbeau received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2004 and MFA from Newcastle University in 2007. Her competition-winning work Shelter made her the first female artist to adapt Channel 4’s Big 4 in London in 2009. She has exhibited in Germany, France, England, Greece, and various locations in the US and has been featured in print in the UK and Korea. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Photo: Drift by Stephanie Imbeau, photo by Stephanie Imbeau

FLAWLESS LIGHT INSTALLATION

Artists: Gonzalo Bascuñan/ Studio ALEX

Netherlands

Interpreting the change of seasons through illuminated leaves, this piece interprets the natural process of photosynthesis through a magic chemistry concept called photoluminesce. During the daytime, the leaves absorb energy from the sunlight, giving them a bright green glowing color at night.

About the artist: In 2014, Gonzalo Bascuñan and Perrine Vichet founded Studio ALEX in Amsterdam and Milan. Studio Alex’s projects have been featured in the Amsterdam Light Festival 2014-2015, Canary Wharf London Light Festival 2016, and Amsterdam Fashion Week 2016.

Photo: Flawless by Studio ALEX/Architectural Light Experience, photo by Jeff Kemp

SPACE IN THE MIDDLE

Artists: KMA

UK

This interactive experience uses light and two surfaces to create a bird’s eye view of projected light, sound and imagery.

About the artists: KMA is a collaboration between UK artists Tom Wexler and Kit Monkman. The pair has been creating work together since they met in York in 1998, and continue to pursue their shared interests in light, technology, narrative, ritual and the active role of the audience.

Photo: Strange Attractors (The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp) by KMA, photo by FACT Liverpool

MOONGARDEN

Artist: Lucion

Canada

MoonGARDEN will feature a series of inflated vinyl bubbles, ranging from 6′ to 30′ in diameter that tell a poetic story of the Baltimore spirit through Shadow Theater, the oldest imaging technique in the world.

About the artist: Lucion is a collective of visual artists, designers, interactive developers, storytellers and musicians founded by Bernard Duguay. Over the past 16 years, Lucion took an active part in more than 300 artistic, museum and corporate events.

Photo: Cocoons by Lucion, photo Bernard Duguay

AQUARIUM CAR

Artist: Stéphane Masson

France

In this contemplative video installation, a car transforms into a virtual aquarium by filling progressively with water where giant goldfish are swimming until the water disappears.

About the artist: French artist Stéphane Masson has been hijacking everyday objects for art projects since 2004.  His previous works include The Aquarium Car (La Voiture Aquarium), Kissing Lamps (Les Lampadiares a Bisous) and interactive video recording The Box of Words. He continues to exhibit his work in many international festivals.

Photo: Aquarium Car by Stéphane Masson, photo by Stéphane Masson

SHABAMANETICA

Artist: Eric Dyer

Baltimore, MD

The recent expansion of the Panama Canal promises an increased connection between China and the East Coast’s most suited port city for megacargo ships–Baltimore. Shabamanetica takes the form of two 7’-diameter circular sculptures that present complex, multi-plane, motion-collages of three very different places that will become more connected through international commerce: Shanghai, Panama and Baltimore. The sculptures are brought to animated life when spun by the public. Eight radiating handles aid spinning and evoke the shape of a ship’s wheel, while strobes provide synchronous light.

About the artist: Artist and filmmaker Eric Dyer brings animation into the physical world with his sequential sculptures and installations. His work has been widely exhibited at events and venues such as the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, the London International Animation Festival, the screens of Times Square, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, Guggenheim Fellow, and in 2015 was awarded the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. Dyer’s fervent exploration of expression through motion has placed his work in books such as “Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image”, “Animation: A World History”, and “A New History of Animation”. He teaches visual arts and animation at UMBC in Baltimore and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

Photo: Shabamanetica previsualization still detail by Eric Dyer

PEACOCK

Artists: Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller with Steve Dalenkoff & Will Cocks

Baltimore, MD


Returning as a ‘fan favorite’ from Light City 2016, this automated peacock opens and closes using an intricate series of hinges attached to hydraulically driven pushrods. The plume of the Peacock is automated to open and close using an intricate series of hinges attached to hydraulically driven pushrods. When fully extended the plume stretches 40 feet wide by 20 feet tall and is lighted with 15,000 individually addressable LEDs. This piece would not exist without the help of light technicians Steve Dalnekoff and Will Cocks.

About the Artists: Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller are sculptors working in Baltimore. They both have over fifteen years’ worth of experience creating large-scale public art works. They are the creators of three sculptural bus stops in East Baltimore, two of which won them the PNC Transformative Art Prize, a grant from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. They are currently working on a fourth bus stop to be located next to the Patterson Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. Their work has been featured in Slate, This Is Colossal, The Atlantic, and Baltimore Magazine.

Photo: Peacock at Light City 2016 by Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller, photo by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
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