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A fresh look at London with City Lights, a programme of light and sound installations which transformed the Square Mile.
A number of historic City of London sites were illuminated with inspiring and interactive artworks.
City Lights, presented by the Mayor of London in partnership with the City of London Corporation, forms part of the Let’s Do London ‘Spring into London’ season of events and activities taking place across the capital.
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Presented by the Mayor of London in partnership with the City of London Corporation, City Lights was part of the Let’s Do London ‘Spring into London’ season.
NOVAK are an award-winning creative studio based in Newcastle upon Tyne, specialising in motion design and immersive experiences. Their spectacular large-scale projection mapping works are rooted in the historical narratives of the sites they transform. They also create stunning 2D and 3D motion design for television, web broadcast and celebrated musicians. NOVAK have created works including 195 Piccadilly (2016), a projection using famous faces from the BAFTA archives for Lumiere London and Avenue (2018), a 65m projection for Northern Lights, Hull.
Colour Burst is the interactive software and visual content umbrella of Chris Plant, aka Catweasel.
Visuals have been his overriding passion since 1991 when he first started doing live projections with 16mm cine and 35mm slide projectors. Getting hooked on computers for video playback and manipulation after vjing on several tours with an Amiga 1200 in 1995, he has been pushing them to their limits ever since.
These days he is more likely to be creating custom interactive applications than vjing, but still is deeply involved in visualisation for live music, recent projects have included:
Floating Pictures are a Stockholm-based art production company creating site-specific works in public spaces using interactive design, projection technology, light installations, film and video art. The company aims to use new media to create visually and artistically innovative experiences for audiences.
Light Graffiti was created in collaboration with Digital Art Center (Stockholm University) and Pew Square.
Amelia Kosminsky is a visual artist focusing in video design, light sculpture and photography. She studied photography at London College of Communications and Video Design for Live Performance at Guildhall School.
Prior to Guildhall, Amelia worked on Lumiere Durham, Lumiere London and One & Other for Antony Gormely. Whilst at Guildhall, she worked on Waddesdon Imaginarium as the assistant designer, collaboratively on Light Odyssey for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for Lightpool and as a solo designer on Hungariana for Gerard McBurney and the Barbican. Subsequently, Amelia has been the video designer for a concert for Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gerard McBurney and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September 2019 and has a light sculpture that premiered at Lumiere Durham 2019. This piece Celestial Brainstorm was shortlisted for the Unlimited Commission for the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate in 2018.
Founded in 2009, Mr.Beam is a creative team of multidisciplinary professionals who share a passion for innovative storytelling. Their work brings ordinary objects and spaces to life by creating extraordinary experiences for the participants. Keys of Light has been exhibited in light festivals internationally, from Fête des Lumières, Lyon to iLight Singapore.
NOVAK in collaboration with Ed Carter and Hazel Dunn
St Paul’s Churchyard (Northside, by Temple Bar)
Shape-shifting projections highlight the impact of human-led climate change on our planet.
This light and sound installation invites you to reflect on the consequences of climate change as they unfold beneath your feet. Issues captured in the vibrant projected landscape and accompanying soundscape range from deforestation and bee extinction, to coral bleaching and global warming.
An original soundtrack by composer Ed Carter creates a sense of constant motion and urgency. The score draws on climate and environmental data from 1880 to the present day, combined with recordings from the natural world that reference the changing visuals.
St Mary Aldermary Church
A mesmerising meditation on sound, light and texture.
Harmonic Portal seeks to piece together our fragmented world through a meditative exploration of the three frequencies used by our brains to create colour.
The artwork was originally commissioned as part of the 2017 Lumiere BRILLIANT scheme which invited anyone originally from or currently living in the North East of England to submit a bright idea for a light installation. Since then, Harmonic Portal has been shown at Lumiere London 2018 and light festivals across Europe including Geneva Lux.
Colour by Light
St Mary le Bow Churchyard Square
A chance to get creative and paint the town multicolour!
With the use of a smartphone torch or any source of light, paint the streets with light and turn The City into a colourful canvas.
Bloomberg Public Plaza, 3 Queen Victoria Street
Wonder at the inner beauty of our brains.
Pull the rope to rotate this floating sculpture and propel sparkling neurons into the night sky. Celestial Brainstorm reframes the sometimes-alienating patterns of brain scans and highlights the beautiful creative possibilities that can emerge from irregular brain activity.
Having grown up with photosensitive epilepsy, Amelia has always been fascinated and repelled by light and the effect that it has on the brain. Flashing lights can result in a seizure, whereas flickering lights are mesmerising and enchanting. With Celestial Brainstorm, Amelia hopes to capture this second state while using neuron patterns to create the effect of a constantly moving starry sky.
Production Manager: Ben Wallace Designer of Light Source and Control System: Liam Strong Illustrator: Guy Armstrong Structural Design: Unusual Rigging
Keys of Light
An interactive piano installation, allowing the audience to animate the architecture of The City through music.
Each note played by members of the public on the grand piano generates a pulse of light, transforming the building into a spectacle of patterns, responding to the tone, speed, volume of the live music.