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Light Art at London Design Festival

Recently, at the London Design Festival, the V&A Museum South Kensington held an exhibit entitled In Praise of Shadows, which was inspired by the...

Laura Feinstein
Laura Feinstein on October 6, 2009. @Whatsherrrface

There’s something lurking in the shadows in London, and it’s not Jack the Ripper. A new breed of Britain-based artists have been experimenting with light-based installations and design, with results varying from the avante-guard to the downright practical. Recently, at the London Design Festival, the V&A Museum South Kensington held an exhibit entitled In Praise of Shadows, which was inspired by the decision by EU governments to phase out low efficiency light bulbs by 2012.

Among the 21 energy-conscious participants  in the show were designers Drift, Pieke Bergmans, Loop.ph, as well as films by Clan du Neon – a team of French eco-activists who ”protest against the senseless waste of energy and light pollution by extinguishing neon advertising signs.” The show itself took place inside the halls of the Museum’s collection, with the only light sources available being the pieces on exhibit as well as a flash light each visitor received upon entering- letting the exhibit illuminate not just the rooms, but the viewer’s imagination.

[via Core 77]

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