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FROM DAWN TILL DUSK

Moving light from Sophie Erbacher @ VICIS 2018

From first dawn until it sets at night, the course of the sun determines the rhythm of a day. Mood and perception change with its course. Actually, we are subject to this rhythm and its constant movement giving us a structure through the day, except that we spend the vast majority of our time in artificially, statically, purposefully and evenly lit rooms. We deprive ourselves of this metronome as well as any tension that comes with it.

Light has become a self-evident consumer good, the supply seems to be unlimited and technical innovations allow more and more applications. At the same time, its significance is also increasing due to the increasingly dense development in our urban environments, when there is a lack of open windows and access to daylight. In everyday life artificial light has therefore become a matter of course, which we barely consciously perceive. We consume light without being aware of how much it affects us, both psychologically and physically.

In dealing with artificial light in our society Sophie Erbacher designed an installation, that tries to break the uniformity of artificial lighting. The concept can be put together individually and take into account spatial conditions as well as any desired influence. A spotlight that moves with the course of the day interacts—deliberately or entirely by chance—with objects in the room, thus creating different shadows, diffusions, reflections and refractions in a constant flow.

Part of the exhibition VICIS // ALWAYS CHANGE A RUNNING SYSTEM | March 3—11, 2018 | Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER | mcbw.