International Light Art Project _ Cologne
COLLUMINA is a decentral exhibition project in public spaces and selected museums in Cologne. From 22 to 24 March 2018, international artists who refer to light as material, medium, or metaphor will be on display.
For the past decade, the term "light art" has been established as a label for artistic positions that employ physical light to engender colour or shape or that utilize light to host their imagery. The wording “light art” references video or media art as art forms that are rooted in the development of technical possibilities. The artistic research on light as the primary medium of the visible realm ties in with many of the questions of media art and reflect on the interplay of appearance, perception and connotation. Since the mid-1950s, many artists explicitly refer to light as material and along with progressing digitalization during the recent decades, these artistic researches have been broadened. COLLUMINA will present a selection of works that reflect the development of the past 100 years and will highlight current international positions.
Examples of the artistic positions on display are Hartung and Trenz, molitor and kuzmin from Cologne (de), Elisabeth Brockmann from Düsseldorf (de), Cuppetelli and Mendoza from Detroit (us), Diana Landry from Halifax (ca), Theinert and Pearse (de/ca).
In addition, a series of student works for selected sites are developed at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts Cologne, KHM) under the direction of Prof. Mischa Kuball. The preparations in the current semester culminated in a university-internal competition. From the large number of applications, the five works of Sophia Bauer, Camilo Sandoval/Dawid Liftinger, Navid Razavi, Nathan Schoenewolf and Lia Sáile were selected by the curatorial team for the realization.
Zeughausstrasse 26, 50667 Köln
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule, 5067 Köln
Kunsthochschule für Medien, Peter-Welter-Platz 2, 50676 Köln
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Köln
This light art project COLLUMINA is made possible with the commitment by foundations and sponsors that want to highlight Cologne as a city that offers space for new formats and innovative forms of artistic articulation. The project’s initiative comes from the House of Foundations / Galerie Seippel and is supported by the Dres. Ines and Jürgen Graf Foundation for Art, Culture and Industrial Design, the Peto Madew Cultural Foundation and the Galerie Seippel. The project is also supported by the Imhoff Foundation, the BAUWENS Group and the Ebner Stolz.