Lighting Design, Fall 2021

Beyond Seeing

Installation for Materializing Light

The assignment presented at the start of this course was ‘Lighting materials and materialising light’. 

While the goal is to show the physical properties of light, light itself needs a medium (with physical properties of its own) to be observed. Can we imagine what light would look like if it was a solid material? 

Light is ever-present but goes unnoticed, undetected and unappreciated at times. We aim to let viewers experience light in a materialised way that makes them aware of the physical presence of light. We aim to teach people about the physics of light and spark curiosity about the topic. To achieve this the lighting project will serve as a sensitizing experience for a large exhibition about light.  


To capture this intangibility, a fog filled soap bubble is used. The bubble can be observed by the viewer, but if the viewer tries to touch the bubble it pops. With this, we also intend to capture the fleetingness of light: Without it’s medium, it cannot be observed. Once the bubble pops, the ‘light’ is gone. A red background is used. With strong red light, the ‘bubbles’ become harder to see, while with blue light, they get a strong contrast. Focus light causes a lot of shadows in the scene, while ambient light takes them away, making the ‘bubbles’ position in the scene harder to determine.