Between Light and Shadow

Werkraumschau Light, Bregenz Forest | AT

Light and shadow reveal the form, said the famous architect Le Corbusier. Inspired by this quote, the Werkraum of Bregenz Forest dedicates this year’s Werkraumschau to the topic light. The exhibition uses the natural light atmospheres in combination with an ingeniously effective scenario designed with theatre flood- and spotlights to shift the craftspeople’s exhibits "into the right light".

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The Werkraum of Bregenz Forest dedicates this year’s Werkraumschau to the topic light. © Atelier Gassner / Christopher Walser

The Werkraumhaus designed by Peter Zumthor becomes the stage and the handicrafts are the actors in a continually changing play of daylight and artificial light. The exhibit’s forms, colours, materials, structures and surfaces make us aware of them over and over again with the constantly changing light incidence,  hour by hour, day by day, and season by season.

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© Atelier Gassner / Christopher Walser

Besides the daylight, it is the stage flood- and spotlights that set the focus on the exhibits and generate an immaterial and atmospheric architecture of light. They mount the objects in the space, infuse life into their surfaces and forms, and trace a graphical shadowplay on the floor of the building. In order to make the immaterial light architecture and its room-high light beams visible, haze is generated with the help of a fog machine.

"The concept of the exhibition is to create spaces through light," explained Thomas Geisler, Managing Director of the Werkraum. "The play with the daily changing light situation turns the exhibition designed by the renowned Vorarlberg atelier Gassner into something special and trains the perception of the visitors."

Even though we cannot imagine everyday life without light, we devote little attention to its phenomena and qualities. That’s why the visitors are invited to sharpen their own perception at entertaining interactive stations, to test qualities of light and acquire practical knowledge for themselves. The light-learning workshop was developed together with lighting experts – among them was Zumtobel.

Werkraumschau "Light"
Exhibition: 21 October 2017 to 26 May 2018 (Tuesday –Saturady, 10 am –6 pm)
Design: Reinhard und Andrea Gassner, atelier Gassner
with generous support from Zumtobel

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Visitors are invited to sharpen their own perception at entertaining interactive stations. © Philipp Steurer
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The light-learning workshop was developed together with lighting experts – among them was Zumtobel. © Philipp Steurer

Zumtobel creates access to light through the story of Active Light. Our creative process for innovation is not just based on a technological examination, but nature is our role model. Daylight has reliably accompanied mankind since ancient time through dynamics and fascinating landscapes. Therefore, we do not only need artificial light in order to perceive our environment optimally. Rather, the lighting mood influences our emotions.

In our everyday lives, we encounter spaces that we love and areas that we unconsciously dislike. Light creates the immaterial bridge between architecture and humans in many areas of life. And it also has a direct effect on our body functions: activating, calming and stabilizing the natural biorhythm. Zumtobel’s objective is to create lighting solutions that optimally support people in their leisure and working life: Creating Light Creates Life.

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