luminale 2016: mystical light-sound-installation in the “nebbiensche gartenhaus”


“light and shadow”

the sculptor franz betz fascinated the senses of numerous visitors at the luminale 2016 with his combination of music, literature and visual arts.
mid-march the eighth “biennial of light” took place in frankfurt am main. with its many experimental concepts, installations and works of art, the event creates an unique platform for the presentation of light art. especially the interactions between artists, installations and visitors become special experiences.

invited by the künstlerclub frankfurt, franz betz presented his spatial installation “light and shadow” in the “nebbiensche gartenhaus”. an interplay of graphic characters installed with neon, fog, silhouettes and light projection. betz measured the garden pavilion with the characters x/y/z of his “alphabetz”.

the fourth dimension to the cartesian coordinates x/y/z was the premiere of the composition “lichträume” by christopher brandt. the composer and musician combined sound sources into sound spaces and expanded the consciousness of the guests by a fourth sound dimension.

the classicist pavilion in the middle of the financial metropolis is one of the most mysterious places in frankfurt and therefore perfectly matches the title of the room installation. with the help of a fog and wind machine, the light was captured and freed again. this created a mystical atmosphere that gave a feeling of infinity to more than 1,000 visitors. for the opening, the artists’ club organized a matinee with andrea wolf, accompanied by christopher brandt on the electric guitar. matching the theme “light and shadow” the well-known actress gave a performance with texts, songs and poems.

iGuzzini, a highly respected promoter of lighting culture and a well-known italian manufacturer of architectural luminaires, sponsored the special lighting system for the artwork “light and shadow”.
last but not least, electric guitarists steffen ahrens and tenny flavio virzi took the audience away from the presence for a while. compositions for electric guitars and electronics were the perfect finishing touch to the installation.