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    Lyon Light Festival Forum 2019

    Lyon Light Festival Forum 2019

     

    Signify is the official supporter of the 2019 Lyon Light Festival Forum organized by LUCI

    The Lyon Light Festival Forum, or “Fête des Lumières”, is organized by the City of Lyon and LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) each year to provide an avenue for light professionals to engage through an exciting programme consisting of a variety of conferences, meetings, and symposia. The venue also serves to expose attendees to new artistic and technical trends.

     

    For the duration of the festival, different artists light up streets, parks, and buildings all over the city to create a magical atmosphere.

     

    This year’s forum focuses on 2 topics, namely “Light Festivals: Humans at Heart”, and “Light and Art for Poetic Cities”. Both focus on how to reimagine different approaches to lighting through the turn towards the human dimension and night scenes, respectively. This will be followed by speed presentations and peer discussions focusing on creative lighting.

     

    For more information and to see the programme, click here.

    Light Festivals: Humans at the Heart

     

    Light festivals have always celebrated convention-defying concepts whilst appealing towards the human dimension. This has become more prevalent as of date, through focusing on the individual delights of viewers through magnificent light art installations and attention-grabbing projections on buildings.

     

    By appealing to a myriad of senses, cities showcase performance art in different ways while creating new avenues of experiencing the events.

     

    During this session, speakers expand on experimental methods of festival consumption through the lens of a more socially and emotionally engaging experience. This will be shown through examples such as professional parades by specialized artists and light events involving actual human participants.

    Light and Art for Poetic Cities

     

    In order to uncover the beauty of the city’s night scenes, a redefined lighting approach was incorporated by lighting engineers and designers. Serving from an inspiration point of theatrical stage lighting—telling a story through light—, the session will focus on how cities and designers today are re-purposing light to create poetic night scapes to enhance the senses of the viewer.

     

    What can we learn from other artistic disciplines to think about our cities’ nocturnal landscapes?

    Inspire & Exchange: Speed Presentations of Creative Lighting Projects From Around The World

     

    This session of “Pecha Kucha”- style speed presentations will be an opportunity for peer-to-peer sharing and exchange in the field of creative lighting. Hear from light festival organisers, artists, and designers about creative lighting projects and innovations in the field.

     

    For more information and to see the programme, click here.

    Watch the videos of the Lyon Light Festival Forum 2019

     

    Over 150 city representatives, artists and light festival professionals from 30 cities around the world participated in the 2019 Lyon Light Festival Forum (LLFF) over the course of three days from 5 – 7 December 2019.

    Organised by LUCI Association and the City of Lyon during the Fête des Lumières light festival, the LLFF 2019 included a series of panel discussions and pecha kucha presentations on creative lighting, as well as several networking opportunities.

     

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    Watch all the videos below:

    Opening remarks:

     

    Karine Dognin-Sauze, Deputy Mayor of Lyon, Vice President of LUCI, emphasises that the LUCI network is a unifying force – a force that builds on complementary perspectives, skills & know-how of each city – to extend the power of light in all its dimensions.

     

    The LUCI President, City of Seoul, represented by Youngsu Kim, Director of Urban Light Policy Division at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, highlights the value of light art in the urban space, bringing new identities to our cities and new dynamism to our streets at night.

     

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    Session 1 – Light Festivals: Humans at the Heart 

     

    Beyond the spectacular projections on buildings or the monumental light art installations, there is a growing trend for light festivals to turn towards the human dimension, mixing in more play and delight for each resident or tourist. By putting performance art in the spotlight, cities and festival organisers are encouraging new ways of experiencing these events. In this session, speakers reflect on how cities experiment beyond what leads to the passive consumption of a festival to create a richer, more socially and emotionally engaging experience. They showcase a variety of examples of parades, from professional parades produced by specialized artists to light events that involve participants in the spectacle itself.

     

    A brief history and context of parades and performance in light festivals

    Jessica Ferey, Programme Manager at LUCI Association gives an overview of existing parades and performance art in light festivals from around the world, showcasing the very human aspects of festivals.

     

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    Parades and performance art in Lyon’s Fête des Lumières

     

    Jean-François Zurawik, General Coordinator of the Fête des Lumières, shares the objectives and challenges of parades and performance art installations featured in the festival over the years.

     

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    Participatory light art initiatives

     

    Philip Holmes, Creative Lead at Lightpool Festival (Blackpool, UK) shares successful examples of community engagement through participatory light art initiatives — from light trams to lumi-dogs.

     

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    Creating motion and emotion with DUNDU Giants of Light

     

    Fabian Seewald of DUNDU emphasises the importance of connecting with the crowds by creating motion and emotion –  and by bringing a little bit of magic into people’s lives.

     

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    Creating a socially and emotionally engaging festival experience

     

    Panelists of the LLFF session « Light festivals: Humans at the heart » reflected on how cities experiment with parades and performance to create a richer, more engaging experience.

     

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    Session 2: Light and Art for Poetic Cities

     

    Cities like Lyon have been for decades reimagining their approach to lighting, by mixing lighting engineers and technicians with light artists and lighting designers to draw out the beauty of the city’s night scenes. Inspired by the tradition of theatrical stage lighting – telling a story through light – speakers reflect on how cities and designers today are using the new possibilities of light to create more poetic nightscapes that call on the senses of the viewer. What can we learn from other artistic disciplines to think about our cities’ nocturnal landscapes?

     

    An introduction to Lyon’s poetic nightscape

     

    Using famous artists’ quotes, Thierry Marsick, Director of Lyon’s Urban Lighting Department, showcases how the abstract and scenic qualities of Lyon’s nightscapes have been highlighted in recent projects.

     

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    Light, art and poetry in Rotterdam

     

    Marjolijn van der Meijden from the Centre for Visual Art in Rotterdam shares about the City’s many initiatives combining light art and poetry in the urban space.

     

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    A new urban lighting vision for the City of London

     

    Clarisse Tavin from the City of London shares about the City’s new urban lighting strategy as well as the important role of light art in its development and cultural policies, particularly in the Culture Mile London initiative.

     

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    The importance of colour in designing city nightscapes

     

    Award-winning lighting designer Laurent Fachard, from Les Eclairagistes Associés in Lyon, spoke about the importance of colour in lighting design and in the city nightscape.

     

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    Lighting the city as a stage

     

    Christine Richier from ENSATT Lyon (the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre) draws a parallel between the city and the stage as she describes staging the city through lighting design.

     

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    Finding the balance between light and dark

     

    During the Q&A part of the session « Light and art for poetic cities », panelists discussed the complex balance between the opportunities brought by light and the need for darkness in cities.

     

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