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Ólafur Elíasson

Lichtstadt Feldkirch 2018 Eliasson starbrick 02
Lichtstadt Feldkirch Impressionen Festival 2018
Lichtstadt Feldkirch 2018 Eliasson starbrick 02
Lichtstadt Feldkirch Impressionen Festival 2018

In the work of the Danish artist Ólafur Elíasson, the question of how light influences our perception and experience of the world goes hand in hand with an interest in the complex definition of space and the possibilities of light modulation. According to Elíasson, the “starbrick” LED light module, developed in cooperation with the Zumtobel company, generates three types of space which develop their full potential only in the inherent lighting: the geometric structure of the module itself, the negative space at its core, and the polyhedral body created between the modules when they are put together. As the name starbrick promises, an individual form can be created by combining several star-shaped modules, which then assumes different functions in the respective architecture: whether in a hanging, seemingly floating ambient lamp or an architectural element of a wall, column or suspended ceiling, the principle can be implemented and expanded depending on location and situation. The aesthetic possibilities of the effect in and on the room range from geometrical construction and order to the anthropomorphic impression created by the swarm-like clustering of the modules.