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Speed of Light at Salford Quays

Click this link  to view a film of the astounding Speed of Light performance at Salford Quays in March 2013, first performed during the 2012 Edinburgh Festival as featured on this blog

Speed of Light

May 15th, 2013 - 16:05pm

Stories of Light: Illumination and Darkness in Rural India

Ankit Kumar, a PhD student at Durham University has created a fascinating blog on the inequalities of illumination in rural Indian villages. Often promised illumination by the authorities, electrification has never arrived in these villages due to corruption or a lack of political will. Accordingly, people live without electricity, and in pervasive nocturnal darkness often illuminating their environment with weak kerosene lights that flicker against the surrounding blackness. Ankit also shows how street traders without any lighting find it hard to survive in competition with those who are favourably situated next to street lamps.

Indian street scene



May 3rd, 2013 - 11:52am

Fireflies in Manchester

John Hyatt and Craig Martin have made a unique artwork for All Saints Park in central Manchester. Based on the concept of Fireflies caught briefly by children in jars and informed by research into the insect, a series of solar-powered sculptures hang in the trees above. These electronic Fireflies flash in four colours and play three harmonic notes. The creators believe that good design works in harmony with the intelligence of Nature, so rather than wasting resources they have  made a permanent installation from reusable materials:

fireflies 2

‘What is life? It is the flash of the firefly at night… it is the little  shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset’ (Chief Crowfoot, Blackfoot chief)

April 30th, 2013 - 12:36pm

Janet Echelman

Beautiful flowing light installations byJanet Echelman to create immersive and deeply emotional interventions in space. Notable installations by Echelman include Her Secret is Patience in Phoenix, Arizona and Tsunami 1.26 in Sydney, Australia pictured below:

Thanks to Susan Seitinger for introducing us to this work.


April 13th, 2013 - 18:38pm