Elbphilharmonie: A stunning light show by duo Drift | NDR.de – Culture – Art

Status: 04/28/2022 2:22 PM

The start of the Hamburg Music Festival: The Drift duo will immerse Dutch artist Elbphilharmonie in a play of waves of light tonight from 11pm. Light production will be carried out four times until May 1.

by Barbara Block

They bring a little magic into tough times: the beautiful sculptures and light installations by Dutch artist duo Drift. The duo created artwork specifically for the Elbphilharmonie, who bathes the west end of the building in a wave of light for about 10 minutes on four evenings. Hundreds of drones will dance to the second movement of Thomas Addis’ Piano Concerto. Glowing ballet dance captures the waves of water and the sound waves of music.

Light art “Breaking Waves” will be presented from April 28 to May 1

On April 28, the lighting art begins at 11 p.m., and the next three evenings at 10:30 p.m. The lighting installation is open to the public and can be observed on all four evenings from the port areas to the west of the Elbphilharmonie. According to information provided by the Elbphilharmonie, the Elbe parks between Landungsbrücken, Baumwall, Überseebrücke and Vantage Point at the southern end of the Elbe Old Tunnel are a good fit for action.

Drift combines nature and technology at the Elbphilharmonie at the Hamburg Music Festival

In their facility, artist duo Drift grapples with questions about the future, nature, and technology. “We look at our world curiously and don’t take everything for granted, we question things,” says artist Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift. “When we then use technology, we have a certain sense of what we want to express.” Often this is a state that they want to create – like a feeling of buoyancy, flight, and freedom. Her colleague Ralph Nauta adds: “Nature is our model, an endless source of inspiration.” “Over billions of leaps in evolution, nature has found the most perfect form to do its definite job.”

Beautiful and fragile – like nature


Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta have been working together as the Drift design duo since 2007.

Their first joint work was dandelions, which they still make: the seeds are glued individually to LEDs with tweezers and silicone glue – 120 small umbrellas for each flower, a lot of work. The staff runs three pieces an hour. Circles made of phosphor bronze wire, designed as a metal frame, later make the fluffy balls glow.

“She appears here as a link between technology and nature,” explains Lonneke Gordijn. “It’s also a positive scenario for a future where nature and technology are combined to make progress rather than working against each other. That’s why we call this work ‘Fragile Future’.”

Breaking waves: light as the central component of waves

Light plays a key role for both: “Light is life and the light in which you see something determines how you feel,” says Lonneke Gordijn. “Light has a huge impact on that and our art is about exactly that: we want to change the attitude towards life.” Many of her works have been copied from nature: “Flylight” simulates the flight of starlings, “In Twenty Steps” imitates the swinging of wings with twenty pairs of computer-controlled glass tubes, and silky “Shilites” that open and close Like flowers – in the rhythm of nature.

“We know exactly when something is right or not,” says Lonneke Gordijn. “It’s not just when we first look at an action, it happens every time you come in contact with it: stillness, the comfort of letting yourself breathe normally rather than rushing through life. The rhythm of nature, on the other hand, is very powerful, healing and important to me. for us “.

Nature is stunningly beautiful – and smart. The crowding behavior of the animals inspired artists to create a flying installation of 300 algorithm-controlled glow at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

“Create something no one has ever seen”

In our increasingly digital world, sensory experience is also important to them: “It is very important to stay connected and appreciate the body, build something with your hands, use technology to create something magical, express yourself – to create something that no one has seen before. Something like this inspires people and enters into conversation with them,” says Ralph Nauta.

additional information

Fragile Future III, 2005, light sculpture, phosphor bronze, dandelion, LED, electronics © Henning Rogge Photo: Henning Rogge

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe invites you to stop by with the “Moments of Connection” show by the design duo Drift. more

Sculpture hanging in the MKG lobby.  © screenshot

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The Museum of Arts and Crafts shows several extensive installations by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Gauta. 4 minutes

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