The Light Show

The light show… well it…it is hard to explain let me give you the best I can of it.

It is an exhibition on the Southbank, overlooking the beautiful River Thames. I think it is the perfect place to have something like the light show there. So let me tell you about the exhibition.

It is all about the meaning of light and how light makes you feel. It is basically a show about light, with pieces by lots of different artists. A piece by an artist that is not a painting or a statue is called an installation.

The first exhibit, by Leo Villareal, was this moving stream of light. If you look at it closely you could see a pattern.

The second exhibit, by Anthony McCall, was this light tunnel. It was absolutely astonishing. It was a light tunnel, and you could go in it whenever you want to and it would make a shadows.

The third exhibit, by Doug Wheeler, was sadly quite boring. You had to put shoe coverings on , walk into a white room and when you went inside there was a big square blue light, quite dull.

The next exhibit, by James Turrell, was all about the meaning of light (I think) There were two curvings that you could not see the end of. It was actually quite surprising how long the queue was because it was not one of the best.

The best exhibit, in my opinion were these different coloured rooms by Carloz Cruz-Diez. In one room it was blue and it felt cold and I felt that I was in the snow. In another room it was bright red and I wanted to take my jumper off.


After that, by Ann Veronica Jannssens, there was lots of lights and fog all creating a 7 pointed star, but you could only see the star if you went into the middle of the room.

Then, by Jenny Holzer, there was this news tower. It kept going round telling an anti-terroism story from America.


I hope you all liked the post that I made

Sebastien Grech
from The Southbank Lights!
Seb’s Papers

The Light Show

Throughout history, artists have been fascinated by light and its nature, behaviour, and peculiarities. But it is only in the last hundred years that actual light has become a medium for art. In the first half of the twentieth century, with the development of technology and increasing questioning of traditional art forms, artists began to experiment with the visual and sensory effects of artificial light. Often taking their cue from the theatre, these pioneering works included dynamic light displays which directly involved the viewer.

Light Show takes up the story in the early 1960s. At that time, when new alliances were being forged within art, science, technology, and industry, artists on both sides of the Atlantic were investigating light and its power to transform space, and to influence and alter perception.

Since then as our ability to produce and manipulate light has continued to evolve, contemporary artists have been quick to embrace new technologies, while using old forms of light in ever-inventive ways. In Light Show, recent works composed of state-of-the-art computer-controlled LEDs, light-emitting diodes, are shown in the company of sculptures constructed from recycled lightboxes rescued from city streets, and works using the most modest means, – an electric torch, or a single theatrical spotlight, – which feature alongside highly complex installations.

Light Show explores how we experience and psychologically respond to illumination and colour, and also encompasses more conceptual and political concerns. Almost all of the 25 works use artificial light to conjure a sense of sculptural space that directly calls into play our individual perceptual responses. Some require our patience and attentiveness before they fully reveal themselves. The exhibition invites us to wonder at, contemplate, investigate and, in some cases, to interact with illuminated environments and sculptures. In so doing, it asks us to reconsider our relationship to our surroundings and how we see the world.

from the Light Show Exhibition at Hayward Gallery

The Light Show Experience


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