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Exhibition showcases the sublime beauty that light evokes aesthetically and thematically
TRIPH by Circus Family. Photo: Tom Kessler.


OMAHA, NE.- KANEKO, located in the heart of the Old Market, introduces light, running from December 5th 2017 - March 31st, 2018. light at KANEKO is an interactive and visual art exhibition experience that explores art and science through light.

light hosts a variety of performances, lectures, youth education, and hands-on creative experiences to connect visitors with their own creativity. Artists employ glass, sculpture and light itself to showcase the sublime beauty that light evokes aesthetically and thematically. The public will glean insight into scientific issues such as vision and optics, physiology of light energy, sustainability, light pollution and conservation.

A large part of the exhibition is reliant on audience participation. Step inside an infinite abyss with Refik Anadol’s audiovisual installation. Interact and move through large geometric forms that change color, audio and intensity during an immersive light experience by Circus Family. Escape into a cocoon constructed of steel, wool, and found objects that absorbs you in a field of playable light by Taylor Dean Harrison.

Stimulating sight and rending the world visible, light is the sensory gateway into our corporeal experience as humans. Light is the radiant energy that illuminates existence, linking vision with sight and our perception of reality. All at once light serves as the catalyst for organic life, an ubiquitous electromagnetic energy that defines the sciences, and a mystifying source of beauty. This utterly familiar, yet intensely enigmatic phenomena serves as the conceptual basis for light at KANEKO.

When the human eye absorbs wavelengths of light, the results range from pedestrian to astounding, affecting our perception, thoughts and feelings. This malleability affords infinite possibilities for artistic expression and investigation. Harnessing and utilizing light as a tool facilitates the evolution of civilization, technology and the scientific body of knowledge.

Glass, sculpture and light installations evoke the emotive, aesthetic, mythic and sublime qualities of light. By exploring timeless and contemporary scientific concepts such as vision, light energy, sustainability, light pollution and conservation, you will experience light in a multi-faceted way, beyond simple illumination. Moving performances and creative experiences will expand your outlook on the meaning of light, while lectures, workshops and youth education will connect you to your own creativity and the world around you.

Light at KANEKO reinvigorates mystique and wonder into this ancient energy through conceptual explorations and creative endeavors. Artists employ glass, sculpture and light itself to showcase the sublime beauty that light evokes aesthetically and thematically. The public will glean insight into timeless and contemporary scientific issues such as vision and optics, physiology of light energy, sustainability, light pollution and conservation. Visual art, performance, lectures, youth education and hands-on creative experiences during the light programming season at KANEKO will connect visitors with their own creativity and empower them to see the world around them in a whole new light.

Participating artists:

TRIPH by Circus Family
We are Circus Family (est. 2007). A family of audiovisual designers with a passion for bringing challenging projects to life using design, moving image, music and interactive technology. We believe in merging design and technology to explore new territories, create powerful audiovisual experiences and tell stories worth telling. Circus Family specialises in the fields of fashion, music, sports and luxury. As well as commissioned work for brands such as Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Vlisco, Zoe Karssen and events including SXSW festival and New York Design Week, we love to create our own projects, just for the fun of it.

TRIPH is an interactive audio-visual experience. When there is no audience around, the pulsing lights gloom slightly as if the object is asleep. When you approach the installation it will slowly come to life as color gradients fill the shapes, the mirrored surfaces start reflecting those colors and a soundscape fills the area. This project invites you to become part of it. A light experience in which you direct the intensity, audio and color gradients by simply approaching and or moving around in between the shapes and the installation. As storytellers and designers our aim with this project is to show that a number of different techniques can be combined into a mix of unexpected shapes and materials that help create a new way of experiencing a story.

Infinity Room by Rekif Anadol
Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. He is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Antilop and also serves as a lecturer and visiting researcher at UCLA.

Refik develops site-specific public art using parametric data to create immersive, sculptural and performative installations. His work explores the space between digital and physical entities by creating a mediated architectural environment. Rather than pure escapism, Refik’s installations are intended as a means of return – facilitating a temporary release from our habitual perceptions and culturally biased assumptions about being in the world, to enable us, however momentarily, to perceive ourselves and the world around us differently.

Infinity Room is an immersive environment created by Refik as part of the ongoing Temporary Immersive Environment Experiment. By surrounding individuals in an artificial, yet immersive and stimulating environment, consciousness shifts from an awareness of the physical self to a perception of presence in a non-physical world. Light is the major element in these experiments, used to blur and connect the boundaries between the two realms actual/fictional and physical/virtual. It signifies the threshold between the simulacrum space created by the projection technology, and the physical space where the viewer stands. Refik transforms the conventional flat cinema projection screen into a three dimensional kinetic and architectonic space of visualisation, while disrupting viewer expectations and perceptual boundaries.This installation is made possible by generous contributions from Epson and Refik Anadol Studio.

SKYGLOW by Harun Mehmedinovic & Gavin Heffernan
sky·glow (skī’glō’) noun
brightness of the night sky in a built-up
area as a result of light pollution.
After a grueling three-year journey of over 150,000 miles traveled and 3,000,000 pictures taken, renowned timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan are proud to introduce SKYGLOW; a photo and video series exploring North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies.

DAWN OF LIGHT
Before artificial light, people only knew of lightning bolts flashing in the sky, waxing and waning moons and spontaneous forest fires. Life on earth was in harmony with daylight and darkness, each equally important to its existence. Early humans observed the darkest of night skies, where the collective light of billions of stars was so intense it would cast shadows. Across the world’s cultures, night skies inspired questions about our place in the universe, giving birth to both religion and science. While one part of the human psyche drew inspiration from the night sky, the other always lamented the absence of the sun.

ARTIFICIAL DAY
Artificial light emanating from house lights, electronics, and other sources suppress melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep and has a range of important functions in the human body. The impact of nocturnal light and thus, melatonin, on health continues to be the subject of research and has been linked to everything from depression to diabetes.

DARK SKY MOVEMENT
The negative impact of light pollution has prompted the Dark Sky Movement, spearheaded by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), to protect our nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies. Light pollution is an environmental threat that disrupts the natural rhythms of plants and animals. Light pollution also robs us of the opportunity to experience the wondrous expanse of a star-lit night sky. IDA advances light pollution abatement by working with manufacturers, planners, legislators and citizens to provide and implement lighting that is energy efficient, cost effective and dark-sky friendly.

Adam Belt (various works)
Over the past decade, Adam Belt has focused his art around the natural forces that course through the universe. In paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, the evanescent is made palpable. His artistic practice is a religious vocation resulting in works and projects that are a contemplation of physical and phenomenological aspects of our world, the cosmos, God, and religion.

Having begun his career as a landscape painter, Adam Belt’s current practice takes place at the point where art, science, and religion converge. Fascinated by the science of natural processes, Belt uses his artwork as a means of connecting with the ineffable something beyond those forces. Over his career, his work has dealt with landscape, geology, light, and ecology, all with a sense of reverence for the sublime. Lately, space exploration has been his inspiration, and his resulting work naturally involves consideration of scale, both in terms of distance and time.

Corey Broman (various works)
Corey Broman was born in Lincoln, NE in 1979. He started working with glass shortly after high school in 1998. An exhibit by Dale Chihuly at the Joslyn Art Museum inspired him to pursue glassblowing. After working and learning under Ed Fennel at Crystal Forge for several months, Corey joined the studio glass program at Hastings College to further his glassmaking education. There he became an apprentice and assistant to the professor of glass, Tom Kreager. Broman became involved in intensive Venetian-style glass making techniques, while working with other students and under his professor.

In addition to his education at Hastings, Broman has trained at the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as multiple collegiate and university glass programs. These experiences afforded him an array of different techniques and skills including glass sculpting and kiln forming

ENUNCIATION by Taylor Dean Harrison
Taylor Dean Harrison creates both large and small mixed-media sculptures with steel, wood, found objects and light. His interest is in creating spaces and objects for contemplation and meditation in a variety of settings. Whether at a crowded club, on a white wall, or in a quiet expanse of desert, Harrison aims to create an engaging calmness and inspire awe. His artworks have toured festivals nationally, exhibited in Bay Area galleries, and been purchased for private collections. Works are available for private and public events across the country.

In the sculptural work, Enunciation, triangular facets make up the outer surface, mirroring the surrounding landscape in the metal. During the day, Enunciation offers respite from the heat -- a quiet reflective space amidst the desert expanse. At night, the entire interior of the sculpture is lit with thousands of LEDs, enveloping you in a fluid color field. Buttons mounted on the internal panels allow for deep interaction with the entire lighting system.

This interaction is the heart and soul of Enunciation. With each button press, you see an immediate reaction from the lights. Each press also changes the lighting forever. As people play with the buttons, our algorithm evolves to include their touch. Enunciation lets you articulate yourself with a giant field of light.

Polyhedral Lite Brite by Jason Webb
Jason Webb is a creative technologist, UI developer, hardware engineer and lover of learning focused on unconventional applications of advanced and emerging technologies in creative contexts. With a strong passion for both creative and scientific inquiry, I continually explore the boundaries and intersections of art/design, technology and education through experiential project-based work. I am particularly focused on the exploration of natural processes relating to biology and form through computational design, digital fabrication and traditional studio-based processes.

Professionally I leverage these passions as a UI developer specializing in cross-disciplinary collaboration between design and technical teams, executing meaningful and modern experiences for all kinds of users.

Blumen Lumen by FoldHaus FoldHaus is an art collective based in San Francisco. Blumen Lumen consists of ten large origami flowers that expand and contract. Each flower bud is created from a flat 5x20 ft. sheet of corrugated polypropylene, handfolded and carefully welded together. Origami is usually created with paper and in small scale; however with Blumen Lumen, FoldHaus explores the possibilities of art, engineering and technology to translate origami to a different material, scale and environment.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extreme Light Lab
The Extreme Light Laboratory is a high-power laser science laboratory located on the University of NebraskaLincoln campus. It currently holds the world record for the highest light intensity ever produced on Earth, one billion times more intense than light at the surface of the Sun. Developed and directed by Professor Donald Umstadter, the laboratory conducts both basic and applied research and development for several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. The laboratory’s pioneering research on the fundamental interactions of intense light with matter are leading to new technologies. These advancements have widespread applications, from producing x-rays that can “see through” four-inch-thick steel to detect bombs hidden in a cargo container or hairline cracks in a jet turbine, to applications for cutting-edge cancer therapy.





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