Liberation of Light

at Designhuis Eindhoven

Poetic, living installations of light by Daan Roosegaarde, an evening dress that lights up more or less under the influence of the CO2-level in the air, an interactive light wall as educational children’s toy, surprising lights and lighting objects by domestic and foreign leading artists and designers. From 25 September 2010 until 30 January 2011 the exhibition Liberation of Light can be seen in the Designhuis at Eindhoven. A sneak preview in the future.

The exhibition Liberation of Light shows that LEDs are much more than just smaller and more durable ‘lights’. While a lot is said and written about the consumption, price and life span of LEDs, there is a lot less attention for the much more sweeping effects of the adoption of these new light sources.
Designers will be making light objects with other forms, materials and functions than usual so far. But there is much more. Artificial light can now be controlled, made to measure and even interactive. Spaces, both indoors and outdoors, will be lit in different ways. Daylight and artificial light are getting closer. And the use and control of artificial light too will change considerably.

Revolution in artificial light

A revolution in artificial light is announcing itself, as big as or even bigger than the invention of the light bulb almost 150 years ago. As Emile Aarts, vice president and scientific programme director of Philips Research and professor at the Eindhoven Technical University says:

“Light, which was captured in a bulb, is liberated as it were. On several levels relating to light – functional, emotional, biological, social, cultural and regarding control and durability – there are new possibilities and challenges.”

Liberation of Light, Designhuis Eindhoven, 25 September 2010 until 30 January 2011. Featuring lectures, workshops and excursions.

Yksi Design will be curator of the exhibition, in cooperation with Walter van Hulst and Kirstin Römer and with Daan Roosegaarde as adviser. Dozens of domestic and foreign designers, artists and companies will be involved.