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Fall 2023

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Curated by APIL, in partnership with DDN-OFARCH

Light is an electromagnetic wave that propagates in the void. Thanks to the light we see, we can distinguish the forms and depth of reality. However, we are only aware of light when it is absent, because without it we can no longer see.

Light is a physical entity that is essential for life, whether it is derived from a natural or artificial source. The light emitted by the sun, a candle, a car’s headlights, a street lamp, light that is direct or reflected, blinding, vivid or dim and the contrasting of light with shadows and darkness, are phenomena that are part of our everyday life.

Light is an impalpable architectural material with a strong structure that can penetrate and spread across buildings, accentuating spaces, shapes and colours, and it is capable of creating a strong physical, psychological and emotional impact on people.

Light, the environment and man are inseparable elements. If light is eliminated, the emotional content of space disappears. Our three-dimensional world is determined by infinite shapes and finishing of surfaces and our visual perception is governed by how we see and feel materials. Surfaces are the “clothes” of the shapes that form spaces. The way in which light reaches a surface reveals the qualities inherent to that light. Light has the ability to govern whether to reveal the true nature of a surface, or to deform it or emphasise it.

Architectural materials differ significantly and facilitate different ways of exploring relationships between light and surfaces. This is the theme of the ARCHITECT@WORK 2018 exhibition-show curated by APIL, which in partnership with DDN-OFARCH has created “Light Box,” a set of light boxes that interact with the public and create an interesting setting in the exhibition space and an interactive experience between light and materials.

The aim of the exhibition is to investigate the reasons behind the design choices inherent to light and in relation to architectural materials. The work focuses on a selection of materials ranging from natural items such as wood and stone, to items made of tiles and new generation materials in which the material blends with electronic technology. The public interacts with surfaces and light through a predefined pattern of lighting effects, which in turn interact differently with the materials, creating different perceptions in terms of the way in which the materials are viewed. Surfaces define the shapes of the world and light allows us to see them.

Light should be designed. Not designing light means abandoning a project and subjecting it to an uncertain destiny. It means leaving the light to its own devices, to deform and completely modify the final result. Designing light means ensuring the maximum enhancement of the project and therefore its maximum expression.

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