From November 10 to the 17th, the 13th edition of GLOW is going to be held in Eindhoven. During the seven-day festival, visitors are invited to see various instillations of light for free.
This year, artworks from 35 artists, both Dutch and non-Dutch, are spread in approximately five-kilometres long around the city. This year’s theme was “Shadows & Light,” two phenomena that oppose of each other but, at the same time, cannot exist without one another.
The most memorable installation of this year’s GLOW festival is the “Confluence” video projection on the Sint-Catharinakerk, a church in the old city centre. The artwork creates an impressive experience through the change of colour and movement displayed. The shape of the religious monument designed by Pierre Cuypers in the mid-19th century, is incorporated into this installation, which makes the artwork even more compelling.
Amongst the light installations, “Cymatics: the visualisation of sound”, created by students from Fontys Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering, reveals a visual connection between sound and laser patterns by creating a rhythm of laser beams based on the vibrations from the sound played.
“Dome of Light 3.0”, displayed in the Heuvel shopping centre, also stood out with the 121 light-translucent tubes that together produce a large palette of colours. At the city marketplace, visitors can see the “Immersive Deceleration”, a light artwork projected on the buildings that surround the square.
The fascinating piece “TGIC” created by artist Romain Tardy represents our current network society by translating the most frequently searched terms into visual and audio signals.
Eindhoven is known as the city of light and technology in the Netherlands. In 1891, Philips company opened a light bulb factory in Eindhoven, which caused a rapid expansion of the city.
The festival was first introduced in 2006. Since then, the popularity of the festival has grown with a record number of 740,000 visitors last year. Today, GLOW ranks among the top five most-visited light festivals in the world.
- Reporter (Fall 2018)