Negotiating city lighting – from chains of lights to street lights
Under the influence of the avant-garde and futurism, a veritable competition for the title of „City of Light“ had broken out between European metropolises at the beginning of the 20th century, with Paris in particular setting an example as a city that never sleeps. In order to outdo the French capital, entrepreneurs initiated a spectacular marketing event in 1928, „Berlin in the Light“ (1). The cosmopolitan city of Berlin also staged itself as a „city of light“ through its entertainment culture and the sophisticated life along Kurfürstendamm. The urban night became a new living space reserved exclusively for city dwellers and radiated a fascination that can be explained by the still new phenomenon of electric lighting. Artificial light was thus regarded as an „expression of progressive, urban culture“ and conveyed an ambivalence of progress and the amusement industry (2). Today, light and novel technologies offer many new design possibilities for urban lighting, which, as then, is of great importance for the image of cities. In this panel we will discuss how these are used, how political light can be and how we can narrate our cities today.
- Helga Kuechly, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam
- Reclaim Club Culture, Faschismus wegbeamen
- Dr. Patrick Tobias Fischer,
- Dipl. Ing. Johann Gielen, Lichtplaner Hamburg
- Moderation: Etta Dannemann