Light Art

5-6 decemer, 12-13 december, from 16 december till 3 january
 

For the third year in a row, you can discover beautiful works of light art in Knokke-Heist during the dark, last months of the year. This time, the light artists were inspired by important art movements.

Light ART Knokke-Heist brings a wide audience together during the darkest days of the year and creates a unique atmosphere. The connection with art movements and renowned artists takes the light art on display to a higher level.

Light art is a form of visual art in which light is the most important means of expression. It is an art form in which either a sculpture produces light or light is used to create a "sculpture" through manipulation of light, colours and shadows.

Instead of a sculpture, the light artist creates a "phenomenon" that takes place in what could be called an inner space: a space that arises in the experience of the viewer.

The trail is about three kilometers long. Start your walk between 5 and 8 pm. The art works remain lit until 9 pm. The connection between the light art works and world-famous artists or art movements is explained via the app.                          

The light artworks are well spread out across Knokke-Heist’s commercial centre, with plenty of space around the artworks. Face masks are compulsory along the entire Light ART route.
Here are some tips to make your walk a pleasant experience and ensure that you can safely enjoy all the artworks.

Planning to do the walk with children? Here you find the kids version

The light art works

Art does not reproduce what we see, art makes us look (Paul Klee)
J.p. deschepper (curator) en Kathleen weyts (HART) (belgium)

Zeedijk, Safety point

"Art is for everyone", says Keith Haring.
That certainly applies to art in public space. 

For many artists, the presence of architecture and nature gives it a special appeal. Passers-by, accidental or otherwise, are attracted to the work of art. This applies in particular to light artists. They par excellence play on the perception of the viewer. 

Light art in public space wants to evoke a certain atmosphere and provoke an emotional reaction. Experience and observation are paramount. Light gives dimension to the work, technology is a means to shape an underlying idea. 

The work of light art needs an audience like any work of art, because without it, it does not exist.

RUN BEYOND 
Angelo bonelo (italy)

Zeedijk, between Safety point and Albertplein

Run Beyond is a work about leaping towards freedom. Now that our individual and collective room for manoeuvre is being severely challenged, Angelo Bonello’s figures give us food for thought. By falling over and standing up again, jumping, hovering, walking and tumbling, they continue on their way. What is freedom? How do we imagine our freedom? Where? And with whom? 
 
The figures of Run Beyond are unmistakably reminiscent of the figures of the American pop-graffiti artist and activist Keith Haring. Just like his seemingly cheerful drawings, Bonello’s running figures hide a deeper message and ask pertinent social questions. “Art should be something that frees your soul, stimulates your imagination and encourages people to move on”, says Haring. That is exactly what this work does.  

STARRY NIGHT
Ivana Jelic en Pavel Petrovic (serbia)

Beach at Albetplein

“The sight of the stars always makes me dream”, Vincent van Gogh wrote in one of the many letters to his brother Theo. “Starry Night” is without doubt one of the most iconic constellations of a starry sky in contemporary art history. 

The architect Ivana Jelić and creative engineer Pavel Petrović also fell under the spell of this work. At a time when we rarely are able to experience a clear starry sky in our urbanised areas, they remind us, rather contradictory, of the natural beauty we miss with their impressive light installation. 
Their contemporary interpretation of “Starry Night” reminds us of our disconnection with nature.
 

Hun hedendaagse interpretatie van ”De Sterrennacht” doet ons stilstaan bij onze disconnectie met de natuur.

 

Natural light
Meke vrienten (The Netherlands)

Corner Zeedijk and Strandstraat

Natural light is something between a gigantic jukebox, a strange organ and a futuristic looking miniature block of flats. However, this gigantic sculptural composition does not contain much music.

“Natural light” confronts us with the indifferent way in which we deal with Mother Nature, overloading her with heavy metals and non-recyclable material. Our comfort above all!  
With a wink to Marcel Duchamp, the godfather of the ‘readymade’, Meke Vrienten, using every-day, mass-produced objects, creates art installations that leave the viewer bewildered.  

 

MY LIGHT IS YOUR LIGHT
alaa minawi (LEBANON)

Corner Elizabetlaan and Kustlaan

Six life-sized figures stand on a square as if they had just arrived from a long journey. From where is not clear. They look tired, distraught. They torpedo their story and their grief into a new country that does not know what to do with them. It is an ode to the displaced. 

This light installation evokes memories of Expressionism, where the direct and spontaneous expression of feelings was central. The isolated, helpless human being, in the grip of forces beyond him, prey to inner conflicts and tensions was often the subject of these works. 

THIS IS IT, BE HERE NOW
TROPISME ART & SCIENCE FOUNDATION (the netherlands)

Corner Kuslaan and A. Bréartstraat

With a loud scream, this blinking neon work addresses its spectators: Stay! This is it! Now! Demanding you to go to this one place, because this is where it happens, this is where you have to be. Using a shouting commanding language, playful and colourful shapes

The world-famous neon artist Bruce Nauman also made use of a material that is mainly associated with advertising messages and the signage of shops and motels. In this way, he applied art to the street scene in a seemingly careless why, where you do not immediately expect it and you only notice when you really pay attention to it. 

BUNCH OF TULIPS
PéTER KOROS (HONGARy)

Driehoeksplein

At the beginning of the seventeenth century, a veritable ‘tulip fever’ broke out in the Netherlands. The tulip became a luxury product, a symbol of prosperity and wealth and created a veritable speculation bubble. 
This is where Péter Koros found his inspiration for Bunch of Tulips, a work in true Pop Art style. The work inevitably evokes connotations with Jeff Koons’ ‘Bouquet of Tulips’. It is one of Koons greatest works ever and has been on display at the Petit Palais since October last year. 
The inflatable light art work by Koros dates from 2016 and was first shown, obviously, in Amsterdam.

 

MACHINA
TOM & LIEN DEKYVERE (BELGIum)

Dumortierlaan, entrance IJzerpark

How do you visualise human thoughts and interaction? That is the question that the poetic light installation Machina poses. 
Light and shadow generate effect, as the perspective you take in and the objects and environmental factors that respond to it.  Machina is a reflection on the impact others have on the individual. Do we still steer our own thoughts or are we being steered?

Tom & Lien Dekyvere take part in the light art festival for a third time. 
With this kinetic installation they enter a long art tradition in which light, movement and perception are central, but above all an appeal to the human imagination. Or as Alexander Calder once put it: “Most people who look at a mobile see a series of flat objects that move. Some, however, see poetry.”

OPEN MINDED
STUDIO GIFTIG - KINETIC HUMOR (The netherlands)

Dumortierlaan, Heilig Hartkerk (church)

The façade of the church is the canvas for an enormous mural that constantly changes shape. The use of light reveals the various layers of content and optics in the work. For this installation, light artist Ivo Schoofs (Kinetic Humor) collaborated with the street artists of Studio Giftig. The interplay between their graffiti art and Schoofs’ technological ingenuity works wonderfully. 

Whereas graffiti art used to have an often malicious, anarchistic reputation, today artists are increasingly invited to give colour to the streetscape of our cities. Large names such as Banksy, ROA and Above brought graffiti art out of the margins and over the last few years, it is also been finding its way in the global art market more and more. Street artists have a signature unique to them and, like all artists, they have a story to tell. 

More information:

Tourism Knokke-Heist - T 050 630 380 - www.lightart.be

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