MiCo - Milano Congressi
14 - 15 November 2018

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Exhibit curated by APIL in collaboration with DDN

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 are no longer able to see. Light is a physical entity that is essential for life, whether it is derived from a natural or artificial source. The light produced 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 is capable of creating a strong physical, psychological and emotional impact on people. Light, environments and people are inseparable elements and if light is eliminated, the emotional content of the 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 make up spaces and the way in which light reaches a surface reveals to us the qualities inherent to that surface. Light has the ability to decide whether to reveal the true nature of a surface, or to distort 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 that, in partnership with DDN, has created “Light Box,” a set of light boxes that interact with the public and are an interesting setting in the exhibition space and an interactive experience between light and matter. 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 cement, as well as 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.


The exhibition is the result of a positive synergy between the architect’s skills and those of the lighting designer, who cooperate in a close partnership in one project. Designing light for the places where we live is a professional field in which architecture, design, nature, colour, sociology, art, history, anthropology, techniques, legislation, technology and innovation coexist and materialise in a single “on/off” epilogue, so it is necessary to combine the design of that lighting with the architecture.


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