From 22 to 30 November 2019, the „Festival for Urban Light Culture“ explores the topic of light from various perspectives of night culture. It took place as part of the „Stadt Nach Acht“ conference of the Clubcommission Berlin (28 to 30 November 2019), the largest „nightlife conference“ in Europe.
The festival pursues a conceptual approach that enables experimental and artistic formats. Different ways of looking at and approaching the material of light in the context of urban space and urban society, as well as pop culture and technology, can be experienced.
Club lighting has so far received little attention in education for lighting technicians or event technicians. Yet the club as a „location“ offers a space for experimentation for lighting designers, lighting artists and architects alike. Due to its diverse and open utilisation, trends are created in this area – and not just for the event sector. The latest lighting technologies and digital control systems are used here and can be playfully tested.
The „Gather Around Light“ initiative stands for interdisciplinary exchange around light and is participating as a partner in the „Festival for Urban Light Culture“. Works by participants of the network, which were created in the „Experiencing Light“ workshop, complement the positions of international light artists.
With an exhibition, interactive formats and urban interventions, workshops and performances, a transdisciplinary examination of light as a material took place, including sensor technology, digital control technology and augmented or mixed reality. In addition, current approaches to audiovisual art and the interaction of light and music in space was renegotiated and realised.