The city centre of Amsterdam transforms into the biggest open light museum – again – from the 30th of November 2017 until the 21st of January 2018. During the sixth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival artworks and installations made by contemporary artists, designers and architects enligthen the Amsterdam canals and the Marineterrein Amsterdam. The festival organization announces the participating artists, who will present no less than 35 artworks. One of them is the world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiei, who questions the concept of borders by creating a seven kilometers long light line representing a border through the city.
Lennart Booij, creative director of Amsterdam Light Festival: “We are very proud of the international line-up of Amsterdam Light Festival. Every year we welcome the international top on the art and design spectrum. Most of the Dutch participants are also active on an international level as well.”
On the water
English participants of the water exposition of Amsterdam Light Festial are artist Rona Lee and Studio Balmond. From Kosovo there is Driton Selmani and also Bagus Pandega from Indonesia contributes. Dutch artists and studios are Lambert Kamps, Floriaan Ganzevoort, Viktor Engbers, Paul Vendel & Sandra de Wolf, Claes Meijer, Lynne Leegte, VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX, Lighting Design Academy, VOUW, HOH Architecten and Gerard Slokker & Ludy Feyen. The United States are represented by Lauren Ewing and Ben Zamora, from Belgium design agency ACTLD from Koert Vermeulen creates an artwork and work of the German Claudia Reh is also to be admired.
From The Netherlands Peter Vink, Vinny Jones, Helmut Dick, Lidy Six, AlexP, Nick Verstand & Sjoerd Ter Borg, Bas Peeters, Verena Hall, Hanna Betsema and the Amsterdam Creative Industries Nework participitate on the land exposition on the Marineterrein Amsterdam. From Japan there are Takeo Sugamata and Yasuhiro Chida and also the Italian ATI Suffix delivers a contribution. In addition there are artworks by Reanne Niceforo & Phil Sutherland from Canada, Moritz Waldemeyer and Liubov Moskvina from Germany and there is work by the Iranian artists Shima Jahani, Zoha Khaniki & Sina Hasanlou.
Ai Weiwei created an artwork especially for Amsterdam Light Festival in a limited and signed edition of 100 pieces. Available through Amsterdam Light Festival. The profit of the series contributes to the realization of Weiwei’s artwork ‘thinline’ that has a prominent role during the festival. On the 29th of November there is a special meet & greet with the artists, who delivers the series after the festival.
Thinline van Ai Weiwei
With the artwork ‘thinline’ Ai Weiwei questions the meaning of borders: who determines borders and who controls them? Who can cross a border and who is prohibited? Ai Weiwei literally draws a border right across the city, that follows the entire boat route. He does this by creating a seven kilometer long light line across the Amsterdam canals. Ai Weiwei was inspired by the eroev, a border that Orthodox Jews created themselves by using a thin line in the city, giving them the option to carry objects outside their house during the Shabbat.
Water exposition: 30 November 2017 until 21 January 2018
Land exposition: 14 December 2017 until 7 January 2018