The minimalist light installation ‘Transmission’ had its premiere at the seventh edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival in 2018, where it was showcased at Westerdok for eight weeks. The floating light installation consists of nineteen ‘lines’ of Plexiglas that responded architecturally to the 2018 festival theme, The medium is the message. The famous words of philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
Seen from a distance, the installation looks like a gigantic light wave moving through the air. The scale of the piece, which half floated above the water during the Amsterdam Light Festival, makes it possible to walk and sail beneath the installation. Thanks to its slender components, the 600-kilogram installation looks extremely light, though.
The light passing through the piece turns the installation into a dynamic architectural structure. Owing to the changing composition of illuminated lines, the work looks different from every angle. As you pass beneath the installation, you experience the 20-metre-long Plexiglas structure as a transparent canopy.
Through its form, Transmission thematises the endless flow of digital messages that ‘surge’ through the ether. The minimalist construction of the work refers to the abstract coding that facilitates the transmission of digital messages. Similarly, this light installation is in essence a simple bar code, though expressive and multidimensional in appearance.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Client: Amsterdam Light Festival
Team: Serge Schoemaker, Alexander Beeloo, Sanne Knoll; Axelle Pavero
Photography: MWA Hart Nibbrig