FJORD OSLO LIGHT FESTIVAL
REFLECTS ON COP26, NATURE AND HUMAN
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FJORD OSLO LIGHT FESTIVAL
REFLECTS ON COP26, NATURE AND HUMAN
Norway ‘s capital is lit up by the Fjord Oslo Light Festival these days.
Fjord Oslo Light Festival reflect’s international artists works of art which aim to bring light and focus to some of the issues facing the world at the moment:
Nature, human mind and COP26.
The Nobel Peace Center was set in a new light itself by Hotaru Visual Guerrilla. It is called “Transnature” and refers to the idea of a future in which natural environments are improved by humans.
The Nobel Peace Center is placed on the city square and is from 1892. The building was originally a train station.
Down in the harbour are round chromatic spheres or big balls, that in slow motion absorb and transform all the colors of their environment surrounding them. The spheres are also formed as the planets and biological cells. The light is slowly shifting.
It is developed and made by French Elsa Tomkowiak.
Another great work is “Microcosmos”. It is playing with the double meaning of the universe and our brain. A microscopic look at the human brain’s inner world of electricity traveling and interaction – as well as our universe and cosmos. “Microcosmos’ ‘ is made by the advanced Romanian Mindscape Studio & Ygreq Interactive.
The biggest installation is the French “Abyss” inspired by the animals living in the deep ocean. “Abyss” wants to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the undersea world. The entire installation is held in a state of balance.
French light artist Nicolas Paolozzi explains: “Yeah, for me, it’s a signal in the dark. The lights are very important in our life”.
Fjord Oslo Light Festival was also founded with a wish to bring people and art into the streets in the dark time of the year, before the snow arrives and cover the city and landscape.
Fjord Oslo Light Festival quotes Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”.
The founder of Fjord Oslo Light Festival Anastasia Isachsen is also an international light artist. She presents “Monad ” that shifts and moves like elements in the universe. “It’s about the circle of life after we have been through turmoil, though the pandemic, ” says Anastasia Isachsen, “ and this is about our chance for a new beginning”.
People in Norway appreciate the lights.
In Norway it is now almost dark at 4:00 p.m. “It’s important to just light up the world” agrees the brothers Markus Borgersen Bringaker and Sondre Borgersen Bringaker.
The installation “TRE” is also Norwegian and the name plays with the triangle between three trees. The artist group Void explains that it reflects on how the human mind often overlooks the complexity of connected systems.
French artist Chevalvert has also made a fascinating interactive light and sound landscape called “Stratum”. As a spectator can you control the hudge installations lights by moving the hand up and down.
A huge copy of the planet earth is “the world as seen from the first time by an astronaut”, says British Luke Jerram. A copy is also hanging in Glasgow right now doing COP26.
“The idea behind this Earth artwork was inspired by something called the overview effect, which is an experience that astronauts get when they first go into space and they look down at the Earth and they see the beauty and the wonder of our planet for the first time”, Luke Jerram explains.
Together on the same square stands the moving horse “Peggy”, that dreams of flying, when she runs.
It is the second edition of Fjord Oslo Light Festival and the future plan is to invite and commission international renowned light artists on the contemporary art scene reflecting on the world’s important issues.
- Drone Oslo City
- Square with the house of the Nobel Peace Center.
Light work “Transnature” by Hotaru Visual Guerrilla
- Various shots of “Transnature” on Nobel Peace Center.´
- Drone “Transnature” Nobel Peace Center.
- Lightwork “Out / Elodie” by Elsa Tomkowiak
- Lightwork “Micro-cosmos” by Mindscape Studio & Ygreq Interactive
- Drone “Abyss” light work by Nicolas Paolozzi
- “Abyss” light work by Nicolas Paolozzi
- Nicolas Paolozzi controlling the light work
- SOUNDBITE Nicolas Paolozzi, light artist France.
“Yeah, for me, it’s a signal in the dark and it’s something very important for people, for them to be able to live like this. Lights, street lights. We need lights all the time, actually. So yeah, the lights are very important in our life i think”
- Drone Lightwork “Luna” by Janis Petersons
- Lightwork “Monad” by Anastasia Isachsen
- SOUNDBITE Anastasia Isachsen, light artist and curator. Norway:
“My installation, this projection on the water screen that is called Monad, is a reflection about the circle of life after we have been through turmoil through the pandemic. It made us all think about what life is about and how fragile it is. But it’s also a circle of life on a bigger scale, the circle of our lives and the circle of the whole universe. So this is the reflection about our chance for a new beginning”
- Various shots of the lightwork “Monad”
- VOX-POP Markus Borgersen Bringaker and Sondre Borgersen Bringaker
Markus Borgersen Bringaker:
“I think it’s pretty important, actually, because especially here in Norway, when it’s pretty dark, it’s nice to get some light to get in a better mood”.
Sondre Borgersen Bringaker:
“Yeah, like right after we now have a switched the clock, so it is almost dark at 4:00 p.m. and so I think it’s important to just light up the world”
- Var. lightwork “Tre””Stratum by Chevalvert
- Var. lightwork “Gaia” by Luke Jarram
- SOUNDBITE Like Jarram, light artist UK:
“The idea behind this Earth artwork was inspired by something called the overview effect, which is an experience that astronauts get when they first go into space and they look down at the Earth and they see the beauty and the wonder of our planet for the first time. And I’m hoping this artwork will inspire something like that that will provide an opportunity for the public to look at the Earth as they’ve never seen it before and almost pretend they’re an astronaut”
- Total of square with art-works “Peggy” and “Gaia”
- Lightwork “Peggy” by Mike Stokka-Troxel
- Pan around “Gaia” artwork
- Var. Lightwork “2pain”
- Drone Oslo city