The light art making music festivals even more fun

 

Off to a music festival this summer? Well, first off: lucky you. Now check that you’ve got your tent, sleeping bag and music schedule (which will, let’s be honest, be abandoned within half an hour of getting there).

Secondly: make sure you know where you’re meeting up with your friends. We’ve seen something that might help you with that one.

Presenting: glowing chairs.

Danish design studio Kollision designed Light Spots to “interact with each other, creating new social spaces and new forms of playful interaction between citizens."Loosely translated, this means the Light Spots appear to function firstly as seats; before revealing themselves as lights that react to touch, and can be ‘aimed’ at each other to create new lighting displays for those in the area.

 

It’s pretty much the perfect item for music festivals, providing some much-needed rest for tired, be-wellied feet, and fun low-key entertainment for weary eyes. So it’s no surprise that the Light Spots’ recent debut, at the Northside Festival in Aarhus, Denmark , was a hit with the festival-goers.

 

Music festivals are becoming a real focal point for all sorts of lighting innovations, not just on the stage but also in the ‘exploration’ areas, tucked away from the bands. It’s just something about the way in which everybody comes together to have fun and celebrate art, often in a micro-universe also reliant upon sustainable solutions, that seems to inspire lighting designers.

 

We especially like Stereo.Bot’s #LIGHTWEAVER, a combination of architecture, lighting and multimedia, which appeared at this year’s Coachella Festival.

Or, sticking with the Coachella theme, how about these cuboids by artist Philip K Smith III?

Almost like the Monolith in reverse, the towering, reflective blocks of the Reflection Field pumped out light by night, while during the day their surface mirrors reflected the California landscape, giving the blocks a deceptively transparent appearance.

 

The great thing about the technologies used in these projects is that they’re usually easily adaptable to all sorts of environments. We’d love to see something like Light Spots in a modern art gallery, for example, perhaps with pop art images that could be chosen and ‘sent’ between seats by viewers.

 

Going to a festival? Which great lighting innovations might you like to see there? Or perhaps you’re more of an armchair festival attendee this year – so what have been your favorite light art picks of festival years past?

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