Dozens of light installations will shine in the heart of Tallinn from 24th November to 1st together with exhibitions and lighting workshops by international light artists at the first ever Tallinn Light Biennale.
The previous light festivals focused on light installations in the public space while the first biennale will add an international reach to the event by creating a meeting place for international lighting professionals who will lead workshops and present their artwork.
“We want to focus on how to make the lighting in public spaces – streets, parks, playgrounds – smart and sustainable, and how to use lighting to create positive emotions and an aesthetic urban space next to its role as creating safety,” explains Eva Tallo, director of the Light Biennale.
Matthieu Tercieux hosts a workshop of human mapping “You are here...Somewhere else” already prior to the biennale opening in the atrium of Viru Keskus shopping centre from 22nd November. The biennale opens with workshops and exhibitions in the heart of Tallinn on the 24th November.
Paul Friedlander’s works of kinetic lighting design will be presented in the former cinema Helios in the Old Town; Estonian light artists’ exhibition opens in the Architecture and Design Gallery (Toivo Raidmets, Leonardo Meigas, Raoul Kurvitz, Marit Ilison, Kiwa, Tarmo Luisk).
The main program from 29th November to 1st December lights up the installations by Ocubo (Portugal), I DID IT (Latvia), Matthieu Tercieux’ (France), Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Slovenia), MIM Project (Estonia) and Marko Crnobrja (Serbia) in and around Tallinn’s Old Town. The St Nicholas’ Church, Kanuti garden, Metro Plaza and Fat Margaret will be dressed in unusual lighting.
The festival program also includes guerrilla lighting that rebels against wasteful and missing lighting. “We want to show how much can be done with little resources using the amount of energy like a desktop computer,” says Eva Tallo.
People are invited to join guided tours to the installations. On 29th November a lighting conference will be held at Helios cinema and the culmination of the biennale – the gala night with a music and light performance by Sven Grünberg and Kurt Laurenz.
Tickets for 35 Euros at Piletilevi.
Please find the updated program on our website www.lightbiennale.eeand FB
The biennale is organized by NGO Valgusklubi together with Valgusfestival. Supported by Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Culture Endowment, City of Tallinn, Nordlicht, Viru Keskus, Philips, Lumenpulse, Liviko and Eesti Energia, Adcash and French Institute in Estonia, cooperation with the Black Nights Film festival.