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Light, color and sound are primary elements in work by Luftwerk – the artistic collaborative of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Luftwerk´s art installations use light and sound to transform experiences of space and site. With immersive artwork at venues such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania, Mies van der Rohes “Farnsworth House” in Illinois, Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper to name a few, their work blends history and contemporary media to open new aesthetic conversations within public spaces.
Luftwerk takes an interdisciplinary approach, experimenting with a spectrum of materials and techniques to advance their artistic medium. Their work intends to shift viewer’s perceptions of space and site through light, color and sound opening new conversations by inviting the public to experience the familiar transformed.
Celebrating Art in Nature – Fallingwater’s 75th anniversary
This sound and light show was presented at Fallingwater’s recent 75th Anniversary Gala on September 17, 2011. The show, created by Chicago-based artistic ensemble Luftwerk, illuminated Fallingwater’s facade with dramatic images and colors set to music by Owen Clayton Condon.
7 channel video installation
Farnsworth House | Plano, IL
Through video-mapping the structure itself, Luftwerk projected dynamic animations onto and within the iconic Farnsworth House that evolved over the course of the evening-long immersive experience including original sound composition by Owen Clayton Condon. Reflecting upon the geometry of the architecture in its setting, the lit designs turned the house into a lantern, which enhanced the floating nature of the house in a new, contemporary interpretation of this modern masterpiece.
‘Florescence’ | solarise: a sea of all colors
Perception of color by plants varies greatly from humans. Through photosynthesis of the light spectrum, plants only register two colors: blue as the direction for growth and red as an indication to bloom. Florescence reflected this phenomenon in a canopy of 880 blue and red translucence petal shapes in the Show House of the conservatory.