Setting the stage for experiencing leading light art artists within an exciting, sensual scene, the Centre for International Light Art in Unna/ Germany presents the second edition of its much acclaimed International Light Art Award.

The award aims at showing works by emerging artists, who develop light art further in innovative and creative ways. With the award and the accompanying exhibition in Unna, the Centre for International Light Art offers future generations of light artists a platform. New technologies, energy use and sustainability play an important role in this bi-annual competition.

The second award was announced to the public as an open competition, and almost 300 applicants from over 40 countries took part. The jury, chaired by light artist Keith Sonnier, consists of Jurgen Bey, Martin Hesselmeier, Andreas Muxel, Gregor Jansen, Christina Kubisch and Pedro Cabrita Reis.
The three finalists will present their works – which were created specifically for the award – in the museum’s barrel-vaulted spaces.

Tilman Küntzel (DE) will present his “Audiovisual spatial installation with a chandelier”, a piece that almost has a theatrical quality to it, which involves a chandelier that lies on the ground as if it has fallen from the ceiling. The lights from the chandelier’s 40 flickering light bulbs come and go independently, as a result of faulty switches.

The artist duo Vroegop/Schoonveld (NL) will present “Echo, turning the light around”. This work entails 200 rotating lamps, each with a black-and-white chequered pattern, that together form the sign of infinity. The visitors get caught in the interplay of light, movement and rhythm as they approach the sculpture. ‘Turning the light around’ describes a Taoist meditation technique, centred around the effort to bring together the inner self with the outside world.

Satoru Tamura (JP) will present an oversized electric switch that creates sparks on a brass rod. The “Point of contact for Unna” illuminates a column of light bulbs. Tamura’s aim is to create a pure, self-reflective work without any further meaning. He views light as a phenomenon rather than as technology.

The ceremony award of ILAA takes place on April 21st 2017. The ILAA exhibition showcasing works of the finalists will be open to the public from April 22nd 2017. Images in this article: Light installation by Francois Morellet // Audiovisual spacial installation with a chandelier by Tilman Küntzel.

International Light Art Award (ILAA) 2017
Finalists Exhibition
From April 22nd 2017
Center for International Light Art, Unna