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Light as a Creative Tool

10:00 - 20:00

08.05 - 12.05
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International Scientific Conference with workshop in Public Space for students May 8th – 12ve 2018

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Faculty of Paintings / Gdansk Shipyard – Young City Gdansk – Plenum

Organizer: Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk / co-organizer: Faculty of Paintings / head: dr Robert Sochacki

Light (as material) should serve as a neutral and starting point for a new awareness of the environment. That is how H. Mack and O.Piene described this physical phenomenon in their artistic group „Zero” in 1957. Light offers infinite and yet noninvasive potential to continuously alter the ambiance and appearance of the space it is used in. If we go deeper into the world’s and humanity history, we will discover that light is interfering between physical world and its perception from the verge of known existence; from the biblical „let there be light” up to contemporary artists working with reflective nature of light, this medium is still present in visual arts. This presence is both futile and transformative as well as undoubtedly constant in our environment. The diversity of use of light is rather unlimited and while combined with digital technologies its potential is intensified. Today light can be considered not only as a form of visual expression but also as a creative tool emerging from a cultural phenomenon known as light art. Its meaning and role in an artwork are non disputable and open to constant exploration.


Bettina Pelz – Bremen, Germany – Art Director, Curator
University of the Arts Bremen / Department of Art and Design

dr Martina Tritthart – Graz, Austria – Artist
FH Joanneum Graz, University of Applied Sciences / Department of Media & Design, Masterstudies Exhibition Design

dr inż. Adam Mazikowski – Gdansk, Poland – Scientist
Gdansk University of Technology /Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics

Ingo Wendt – Saarbrücken, Germany – Artist
University of fine Arts – Hochschule der bildenden Künste Saarbrücken

Aymen Gharbi – Tunis, Tunisia – Art Director, Curator
independent curator, producer

Łukasz Szałankiewicz Zenial – Poznan, Ponad – Artist
Collegium Da Vinci, Poznan / Faculty of Informatics and Visual Communication

dr Alicja Jeziorecka – Poznan, Poland – Artist
The University of Arts in Poznan / Faculty of Painting and Drawing

Antti Hietaniemi – Helsinki, Finland – Visual New Media Designer
University of Art and Design Helsinki / Media Department

Karolina Halatek – Lodz, Poland – Artist 
independent visual artist

Anna Szynwelska, Michalina Domoń – Gdansk, Poland – curators
LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art

Monika Jenowein Patyczek – Gdansk, Poland – Designer
Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk / Faculty of Painting

dr Agata Stępień – Krakow, Poland – Artist
AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow / Faculty of Humanities

Anna Rosa Rupp – Bremen, Germany – Artist, Student
University of the Arts Bremen / Department of Art and Design

dr Robert Sochacki – Gdansk, Poland – Artist
Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk / Faculty of Painting, Studio Art in Public Space

Lectures and Workshop areas

All lectures and workshop are in English

  • Incorporating space into an art project. How to creatively look at space with artistic strategies using light as a medium / Bettina Pelz and Aymen Gharbi
  • Introduction to Light in Fine Arts / lecture only / Monika Jenowein Patyczek (based on Bettina Pelz articles)
  • Light, Space and Perception: Spatial Strategies to create specific Environments / Martina Tritthart
  • Analogue picture generator systems and working with phonomenons of colour and shade / Ingo Wendt
  • Interactive installation using different sources of light / Robert Sochacki and Technical University
  • Shadow as a reality’s particle. Relation between light, object and shadow / Alicja Jeziorecka
  • Composing anima: on/digital projections with respect to architectural environment / Antti Hietaniemi
  • Selected issues of colorimetry and spectral characteristics of light sources / lecture only / Adam Mazikowski
  • Art as an experience – site specific immersive light installations in a public space and museums / lecture only / Karolina Halatek
  • The importance of light in The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk / lecture only / Anna Szynwelska
  • Sound that is determined and described by light / Łukasz Szałankiewicz Zenial (open to all working groups / participants only)
  • The potentials of light and drawing brought together by digital and analog techniques / lecture only / Anna Rosa Rupp




8 May 2018 10:00
12 May 2018 20:00
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