The shape of light - ISPLORA

Trailer The shape of light

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Shape and light, shaping light, in a balance between kinetics and sculpture, motion and stasis.

The lesson explores luminous dimensions through the multiple forms of an invisible material, tracing a cognitive path capable of analyzing new technologies, systems and innovations, applications and installations.

Isplora launches ArchiElements, the new film format that gives voice to the elements of architecture, from the day to day objects to their production, from the materials to the construction technologies, from "doing" meant as cultural research to the corporate experience as savoir-faire between tradition and innovation.

In this sense, the film crosses the ephemeral, in the attempt to imagine light within a cultural process, an immersive journey between ethics and aesthetics, where light gives shape and dimension to space, revealing or amplifying shadows, fullness and voids. Tangible and intangible.

Through the words of architect Maurizio De Caro, professor of Theory and Aesthetics of Design at LABA in Brescia, the complex dialectic between technique and aesthetics is explored, representing an interpretation of the mutations affecting the contemporary world, the needs and requirements of an ever-changing society, returning forms that become a reference for everyday life, new icons of the domestic and urban landscape. A fast and variable representation of human taste and sensitivity, through the history of lighting innovations, from tungsten filaments to LEDs, up to experiments for sustainable production at all levels.

Light as an architectural element, an invisible fragment of the material that derives from an industrial production process between technology and heritage, producing an ethics of the lighting product capable of lasting over time starting from its immaterial substance. Feeling and perception give life to the luminous element, the trace of a collective imagination, up to the methodological and compositional experimentation of its possible applications.

Light as technological experimentation in balance between tradition and innovation, where the production language synthesizes the semantics of the project, between planning and analysis, as an essential component of the construction of any type of space, from interior to exterior, from its concept phase. Intersection between dream and reality, transgression of established models, vision and drive towards a future as solid as it is instantaneous.

Along this journey, the project of artificial light illustrates the themes and phases underlying the design of lighting fixtures, the people and their skills, the living material and applied technology. Moving among lamps and luminaires, showing shapes and structures, materials and technologies, reveals the project of light, the essence of "creating light". A way of building and thinking, rooted in time and projected into the future, a humanistic attitude and an "ability to illuminate" that today produces luminous objects for the house and the city.

Shared heritage and innovation collaborate in the creation and production of luminous solutions that encompass function and aesthetics, attention to the environment and people's needs, giving depth to the ephemeral material, making the invisible visible.

The shape of light.

Learning objectives

  • The lesson will explore light as material of the project through its shapes, paying particular attention to design and application solutions for profiles and luminaires with diffused and reflected, direct and indirect lighting in the definition and characterization of internal and external space;
  • The cultural and humanistic component of experimentation on light will be explained, through the ethical and aesthetic research in the words of architect Maurizio De Caro, professor of Theory and Aesthetics of Design at LABA in Brescia, exploring artificial light as a paradigm of the interpretation of changes in society, through the history of light innovations, from the tungsten filament to LED, continuously searching for the most advanced solutions in the field of lighting;
  • Technical solutions and application technologies for luminaires will be studied in depth, between functionality and aesthetics, in the interest of the well-being of the user who is in contact with them, starting from the management of the lighting parameters and visual-environmental comfort, up to understanding the importance of sustainability at all levels, from the production of a single element to its installation within the architectural project;
  • Starting from the single "light" element, the lesson will illustrate the phases and generating principles of the concept and realization of lighting fixtures, from processing, painting and finishing, to technical features, standards and performance parameters to be considered within the luminous project of space.


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