le_redacteur | Wednesday April 7th, 2010
Once artificial light had been discovered, light art was soon to follow. If you live in the Ruhr area of western Germany, finding light art won’t take very long at all. The Ruhr has been designated the “European Capital of Culture” for 2010, and the first “Biennale for International Light Art” will be illuminating the area until May 27th. The exhibition is called open light in private spaces. Residents of sixty surrounding towns and communities (including Bergkamen, Bönen, Fröndenberg/Ruhr, Hamm, Lünen and Unna) have offered their homes and other spaces to internationally recognized artists. Among those showing their light works are Monica Bonvicini, Angela Bulloch, Christian Boltanski, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Sylvie Fleury, Jenny Holzer, Bruce Nauman, Olaf und Carsten Nicolai, Maix Maier, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Philippe Parreno, James Turrell and Haegue Yang. If the Ruhr LUMIA area is too far away, you can still get a bright idea of what light art is all about by watching the video on realeyz.tv. A fascinating look at one of the genre’s pioneers.