AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL 2017_

Impressie Amsterdam Light Festival – ©Infinita – Studio Balmond

The city centre of Amsterdam transforms into the biggest open light museum – again – from the 30th of November 2017 until the 21st of January 2018. During the sixth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival artworks and installations made by contemporary artists, designers and architects enligthen the Amsterdam canals and the Marineterrein Amsterdam. The festival organization announces the participating artists, who will present no less than 35 artworks. One of them is the world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiei, who questions the concept of borders by creating a seven kilometers long light line representing a border through the city.
Lennart Booij, creative director of Amsterdam Light Festival: “We are very proud of the international line-up of Amsterdam Light Festival. Every year we welcome the international top on the art and design spectrum. Most of the Dutch participants are also active on an international level as well.”

On the water
English participants of the water exposition of Amsterdam Light Festial are artist Rona Lee and Studio Balmond. From Kosovo there is Driton Selmani and also Bagus Pandega from Indonesia contributes. Dutch artists and studios are Lambert Kamps, Floriaan Ganzevoort, Viktor Engbers, Paul Vendel & Sandra de Wolf, Claes Meijer, Lynne Leegte, VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX, Lighting Design Academy, VOUW, HOH Architecten and Gerard Slokker & Ludy Feyen. The United States are represented by Lauren Ewing and Ben Zamora, from Belgium design agency ACTLD from Koert Vermeulen creates an artwork and work of the German Claudia Reh is also to be admired.

On land
From The Netherlands Peter Vink, Vinny Jones, Helmut Dick, Lidy Six, AlexP, Nick Verstand & Sjoerd Ter Borg, Bas Peeters, Verena Hall, Hanna Betsema and the Amsterdam Creative Industries Nework participitate on the land exposition on the Marineterrein Amsterdam. From Japan there are Takeo Sugamata and Yasuhiro Chida and also the Italian ATI Suffix delivers a contribution. In addition there are artworks by Reanne Niceforo & Phil Sutherland from Canada, Moritz Waldemeyer and Liubov Moskvina from Germany and there is work by the Iranian artists Shima Jahani, Zoha Khaniki & Sina Hasanlou.

About Amsterdam Light Festival

From the 30th of November 2017 until the 21st of January 2018 the sixth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival takes place. The 35 artworks and installations by contemporary (international) artists, designers and architects light up the city center in and around the canals.

This edition, artists were challenged to work within the theme ‘Existential’. With Existential Amsterdam Light Festival wants to stimulate visitors to think about what unites people and what role light plays in this. Among the artworks there is a special light object of the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Like every year, the festival can be admired by water and by land. The water exhibition presents a large amount of light artworks on the Amsterdam canals, that are lit daily between 17.00 and 23.00 (until 20.00 on New Years Eve). Various canal companies offer boat tours along these light artworks. On the land light objects will be exposed at the Marineterrein for the first time this year, from December 14th 2017 until January 7th 2018. The artworks are lit daily between 17.00 and 23.00 (until 20.00 on New Years Eve). This exhibition, at walking distance of Amsterdam Central station, can be viewed at visitors’ own initiative and can be explored without a fixed walking route. www.amsterdamlightfestival.com

 

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