February 5 - 26, 2016

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Lighting up the dark: Frost light art programme

Frost Festival 2016 kicks off in just one week! We have already announced our full musical line-up, and this year’s unique venues. However, the last piece of the puzzle has been missing: our light art. We are pleased to announce our guest light artists today.

Festival director Mikael Pass says, “Frost Festival, with support from Nordea-fonden, works towards creating much-needed light in the winter darkness through curated concert experiences. Light art plays a major role in this pursuit. During Frost, the lightning design ties each event’s music to its surroundings, both inside the venue and on the buildings’ exteriors.”

Frost Festival’s two light curators, Sarah Fredelund og Kia Lundorff, will ensure that the festival brings unique lighting to each and every event. However, Frost has also brought in help from external light artists, to make the most of our venues’ unique architectures. The guest artists will light up the following venues:

Tycho Brahe Planetarium:
Award-winning young Danish light artist Jakob Kvist will light up the facade, making the Planetarium a beacon in the winter darkness. Kvist has previously collaborated with Frost Festival, for instance at the abandoned National Aquarium in 2014 and for ‘Light at the Museum’ in 2015. Kvist will also create the light design in the Space Theatre, for Kentaur and Choir of Young Believers’ concerts.
In the Planetarium’s Tycho Hall, which houses the permanent exhibition, Tobias Ebsen & Yoke will create an interactive lighting experience. Featured at the Denmark Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Tobias Ebsen combines design and research, focusing on the interplay between technology and aesthetics. YOKE is a design agency that similarly works within interaction design, famed for state of the art experience-driven solutions.

Gefion High School:
Jakob Kvist brings his playful and hands-on approach to lighting design to Gefion High School. Using the built-in lightboxes in Himmelrummet, where the musicians will be performing, Kvist will use light to set the scene in the white mirrored room. The entrance space to Gefion, a multi-story rotunda, will also be taken under Jakob Kvist’s artistic eye. Light and smoke will transform the grand space into a spectacular gateway to the evening’s performance. Throughout his career, Kvist’s site-specific approach works primarily with the analogue opportunities afforded by light. In 2013 he won an Ibyen award for The Experience of the Year. Through the use of light filters, light fixtures and lamps, the lighting in his projects is developed so that contextual historicity and distinctive architectural characteristics are accentuated, explored, or challenged.

Nikolaj Kunsthal:
The framework provided by the Nikolaj Church makes for a fascinating architectural study. The ancient church bell-tower will be lit up by Norwegian lighting duo Bull & Blomnes, while visual design studio Dark Matters – known for instance from the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – curate the space inside Nikolaj Kunsthal. Taking inspiration in North African art and craft, and combining it with the ritual structure of the Lila, the visuals will continuously develop and morph between recognizable patterns and themes, and abstract hallucinatory dreamscapes. Dark Matters is known for their textural and almost tactile approach to video, and this time they will be immersing themselves into the lands of mosaics, textiles, fine metals and the desert landscape.

The Workers’ Museum:
Over Frost’s three-day stay in the Worker’s Museum, light artists add an extra layer to both the Banquet Hall and permanent exhibition. Famous for large-scale video installations and transformative displays, Obscura has a long history working with visual and video scenography for all kinds of live events. They will be lighting the Banquet Hall, enchanting the audience by constructing objects that become living video sculptures though projection-mapping; light installations tailored for this particular event.
Throughout the Worker’s Museum permanent exhibition, light design collective Ungt Lys hack bits and pieces of the display, allowing audiences to go on a visual exploration through the museum halls. Ungt Lys is a group of young people with interdisciplinary skills, who share a common passion and interest for light. On a voluntary basis they explore the different branches, techniques, and methods within the field of light, having worked with Musikhuset Aarhus, Roskilde Festival and the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen, to name a few.

New Carlsberg Glyptotek:
At New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Swedish artist Jakob Oredsson uses light to stage the audiences’ walk from the entrance, through the Palm Garden, leading in to the hall that will house the evening’s concert. The audience become active co-creaters of the light experience, as their movement through the building casts shadows, gradients and subtil variations within the large-scale setup. The light installation explores light’s fundamental spacemaking function, as well as its capacity to catalyse engagement in social space.
Jakob Oredsson has a background in art, scenography, and architecture, and has had artist residencies in both New York and Copenhagen. He primarily works with architectural installations, light- and sound installations and urban interventions. His work has been presented at The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Momentum Kunsthall, Atelier Hotel Pro Forma, 49B Studios, Factory Studios, The Cooper Union and The Watermill Center, besides public spaces in Copenhagen, Oslo and New York. At the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 he won the Most Promising Talent award.

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