Trumps - í Ljósi Light Festival 2017

Tansley, Graham (2017) Trumps - í Ljósi Light Festival 2017. [Show/Exhibition]


The ‘Trumps’ idea was submitted in response to an International callout for proposals for í Ljósi light festival 2017, Seyðisfjörður Iceland. It was selected, commissioned and performed in Seyðisfjörður from the 24th to 25th of February 2017. Sunrise was a response to the concept and timing of this Festival when the first sunlight in 9 months falls onto the town. Using synchronised digital projectors inside the building, projecting onto screens set in the windows, balloons floated up to fill a detached domestic building. Synchronised to the soundtrack of Grieg’s Morning Mood from Peer Gynt, the black, purple, red, orange, yellow and finally white balloons eloquently created a spectacular sunrise inside the house with, at the musical climax, the balloons ‘farting’ off to return the building to darkness. The intention and importance of Sunrise was to contrast sophisticated visual eloquence (nature) with childish humour (man). í Ljósi light festival took place from 7 – 11pm in Seyðisfjörður on the 24th and 25th of February 2017, attracting national media attention and was visited by over 2,500 people. Designing a piece of pre-programmed projection work to fit a building, without a site visit, is a complex exercise. However this stimulated dialogue and debate while living and working with international light artists across a range of disciplines and created possible future collaborations. Full film by Elisa Artesero.

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