• Urbanature


  • Ce programme destiné à végétaliser la Ville de Genève par des actions temporaires et durables, a reçu un accueil enthousiaste de la part de la population. Fort de ce succès, six nouveaux projets sont lancés cette année. Ils se focalisent sur la végétalisation durable et le développement de la biodiversité.

    www.urbanature.ch

Geneva Lux is a festival of lights organised under the impetus of Administrative Councillor Guillaume Barazzone, who is responsible for the Department of Urban Environment and Security.

Luminous or illuminated works of art, created specially for this event under the artistic direction of Julien Pavillard, are staged around the City of Geneva from 29 November 2018 to 13 January 2019.

Each year, new creations are added to those from previous editions. Geneva-based artists and students of the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD – Geneva) also participate in Geneva Lux, which enjoys the valuable support of numerous private partners and of the City of Geneva Contemporary Art Fund.

Guillaume Barazzone

A word from the magistrate

Making Geneva even more beautiful

This fifth edition of the Geneva Lux festival of lights once again brings a poetic touch to our city, in many respects making it even more attractive.

For visitors and inhabitants alike, it offers an opportunity to discover or rediscover certain streets or buildings that they no longer pay any attention to. Familiar in the light of day, these locations metamorphose when the sun dips below the horizon.

This year, we are pleased to present 25 works to the public. I therefore invite each and every one of you to look up the next time you are walking through town and encourage you to let yourself be swept up in the unique atmosphere of the festival.

In the meantime, I would like to congratulate all the artists on their work, including the students of the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève who participated in this edition. Like last year, we also benefit from the valuable support of numerous private partners and the municipal Contemporary Art fund who contribute to promoting Geneva Lux, a festival intended to energise, vitalise and make our city even more attractive.

Guillaume Barazzone
Administrative Councillor

Julien Pavillard - directeur artistique

A word from the Artistic Director

The ambition, renewed every year, of exploring new territories through the festival can be seen in the range of contemporary creations specially designed for this event as well by a presence in areas we have long dreamed of making our own. The English artist, Chris Plant, installs rings of lights on the Promenade de l’Observatoire which, by constantly changing colour, stimulate and disturb our perception of the work and its environment. The Encor Studio collective invents a new type of video mapping on the façade of the Hôtel des Bergues, adopting a typographical approach to the building’s architecture. Pitaya, on the other hand, takes over a section of the Promenade Saint-Antoine, installing lines of light in several rows of trees to create a highly graphic world above our heads. The light artist, Mourka Glogowski, creates a shoal of fish swimming through Rue des Eaux-Vives in a tip of the hat to what was, for a long time, a district that supplied drinking water. The festival once again boasts a veritable artistic blend, offering a powerful moment of sharing, emotions and pleasures and an opportunity to discover visual and light arts.

The entire Geneva Lux team wishes you an enjoyable visit!

Julien Pavillard
Artistic Director

Works


Pinta Cura

Frédéric Post / 2016

Pinta Cura (3 images)
Pinta Cura Pinta Cura

With this luminous wall-based work inspired by shamanism, in particular in Colombia, as can be seen in the totemic figures of the snake and the jaguar, Frédéric Post invokes the principles of life and healing. The artist invites the spectator to consider his 'canvas' as a potential source of healing and solace; he also wants to drag us from our ethnocentrism to discover other traditions – and other visual languages, other ways of thinking – of the peoples native to the Amazon forest whose lands are increasingly under threat.

Pinta Cura, the work of Frédéric Post, was commissioned by the City of Geneva’s contemporary art fund (FMAC), designed and created specifically for Geneva Lux. Since 1950, the aim of the FMAC has been to strengthen the presence of art in public areas around Geneva. Its collection of almost 300 works can be discovered in the city itself and at www.fmac-geneve.ch

BIO EXPRESS

The work of the Geneva-based artist, Frédéric Post, stands at the crossroads of several artistic disciplines, first and foremost music and visual arts. His work is constantly fostered by his activity as an events organiser, in particular for the Motel Campo and the Mos Espa festival. Through his interest in exotic spiritual practices such as shamanism, witch-doctors’ practices, modified states of consciousness, dreams or celebration as a cultural expression, the artist keenly observes the modern-day world from a lucid position off in the wings.

HEAD - Genève

Born in 2006 from the merger of the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Haute Ecole d’Arts Appliqués, the Haute Ecole d’art et de Design de Genève (HEAD – Geneva) is home to more than 700 students of 40 different nationalities. It provides bachelor and master courses in visual arts, cinema, spatial design, visual communication and fashion, jewellery and accessory design. In tune with the artistic scene and the regional economic fabric, HEAD – Geneva is constantly evolving.

 

Lux-Ige

Ben Busche / 2015-2016

Lux-Ige (3 images)
Lux-Ige Lux-Ige

Lux-lge is a light installation designed specifically for Geneva Lux. Chandeliers some four metres high with fine patterns are spread around the esplanade and Rue du Mont-Blanc. While the light patterns all reflect a common thread, each chandelier is unique.

This light installation creates a singular atmosphere, modifying our perception of space and creating a unique and intense personal experience which will influence how we move through and interact with space.

This work creates zones of varying densities by playing with several colours. Accordingly, it takes a different form from every vantage point. It is designed to recreate images of our personal memories.

BIO EXPRESS

Born in Munich in 1968, Ben Busche studied architecture in Stuttgart and Madrid. In 2004, he founded Brut Deluxe, an architecture and design studio focusing on the search for and creation of spaces and atmospheres. His projects fluctuate between different spheres of urban action ranging from transient artistic installations through construction and town planning to industrial design. The social, economic and aesthetic qualities of his projects are applauded.

In recent years, the creation of transient light installations has become one of the main fields of activity of Brut Deluxe with projects created in Berlin, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Munich and now Geneva.

Inviva Lucis

Micael Pereira Santos and David Sentkar
HEAD - Genève / 2016

Inviva Lucis (3 images)
Inviva Lucis Inviva Lucis

Inviva Lucis is a work in two parts which interacts with the sites for which it was created. It involves turning light into motion. In Coutance, the arches straddle the road and, by dint of perspective, create a luminous wave which reverberates when a heavy vehicle passes by. Lit up, the fountain on Place Saint-Gervais reacts to the soundscape, translating decibels into lux.

This dual creation takes account of the topography of the site – a street and a public square – and the flows that characterise it. The sensors and other technologies are used to create an eye-catching lighting effect: the ebb and flow of lights from a kinetic perspective.

BIO EXPRESS

In 2016, the year in which Inviva Lucis was created, Micael Pereira Santos and David Sentkar were in the third year of their Bachelor in Visual Arts at HEAD – Geneva.

The two underlying elements of their pictorial research were light, its translation into colour and its importance in the composition, and with particular attention paid to daily life. These common artistic interests resonated with Geneva Lux and formed the cornerstone of this pair which came together to design Inviva Lucis.

Participating in Geneva Lux enabled these students to propose a light work for and in the city – to devise a work taking their own artistic vision and that of a broad public into account. This gave them the chance to work in a professional context and to accompany a project from its design to its completion.

HEAD - Genève

Born in 2006 from the merger of the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Haute Ecole d’Arts Appliqués, the Haute Ecole d’art et de Design de Genève (HEAD – Geneva) is home to more than 700 students of 40 different nationalities. It provides bachelor and master courses in visual arts, cinema, spatial design, visual communication and fashion, jewellery and accessory design. In tune with the artistic scene and the regional economic fabric, HEAD – Geneva is constantly evolving.

Les Voyageurs

Cédric Le Borgne / 2014

Les Voyageurs (3 images)

Les Voyageurs travel the world. They appear and disappear in the sky. They stand on roofs, contemplating the city, exploring it, stroking it, dreaming it …

A genuine playground for Cédric Le Borgne; urban space holds no secrets for him. He stages his characters and brings them to life by means of light. The transparent material creates total cohesion with the setting – invisible by day and coming to life at night. This work creates a subtle link between the sky and the earth, between dreams and reality.

The installations of Cédric Le Borgne celebrate the city that is shared, that astounds and that accompanies us so intimately. His work invites each individual to see daily life in a new light, to rise, to dream.

BIO EXPRESS

Removing all boundaries and free from formal constraints, Cédric Le Borgne sensitively explores spaces and poetically intrudes in all places.

Based on and working with reality, the artist endeavours above all to design and introduce the work into a movement, a space-time, a living context without bias. They all have their particularities, their poetries, several existences, both visible and invisible, to be transcended.

Urban space, so terribly banal, becomes a playground and creative haven: the artist is part of reality which can be both beautiful and sordid. He transforms it, transcends it. However, his goal is not only aesthetic or sensory but also social and political: the city is a place for living together. The artist reveals contradictions, runs into convictions, questions consciences and encourages meetings and discussion.

Cédric Le Borgne also works in the dimension of time to identify, imagine and create. His works can foster meditation or surprise us in a fleeting moment. He aims to be accessible, open to sharing. His staging and light work gives his wire-mesh characters life, a singular form of magic.

Le Pont de la Machine

Mourka Glogowski / 2016-2017

Le Pont de la Machine (3 images)
Le Pont de la Machine Le Pont de la Machine

Initially designed to house a hydraulic machine and then transformed at the end of the 19th century into Geneva’s first power station, primarily with a view to providing urban lighting, the Pont de la Machine inspired Mourka.

Time and machinery have one point in common: the cogs. These naturally call watchmaking to mind, a production of Geneva ... and when we recall that it was here that Geneva’s electricity was created, there is a strong desired to place it in the spotlight.

Mourka’s scenography involves lighting the esplanade of the bridge with sundials, creating a lace pattern, and with moving luminous cogs on the façade of the Cité du Temps, creating the illusion of turning gears. Lines of light and garlands complete the show.

BIO EXPRESS

Born in Paris to a Russian mother and a Polish father, Mourka is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux. At the age of 19, she organised a carnival there from a telephone cabin, earning her first recognition in the media. This launched her quest for meaning in the cycle of public festivals between the holy and the profane – the source of her artistic work.

Mourka is fascinated by symbolism and the origins of our customs. She enjoys bringing the meaning of ancestral traditions into the present day, including the illuminations – a perpetuation of a pre-Christian rite of calling to the light during the dark winter days. Drawing inspiration from a theme, she tailors her work to a site, its history and what it conveys.

Her path has taken her to numerous cities: Brussels, Lyon, Moscow, Paris, Rennes, Tournai, Verbier, Washington DC to name but a few. In Geneva, she made Le Grelottier in the Jardin Anglais as part of the Arbres & Lumières festival and created the identity of the illuminations entitled Post Tenebras Lux, characterised by the particularity of the patterns for each site and a general harmony through the purity of the colour white.

Les Flotteuses

Stéphane Durand / 2016

Les Flotteuses (3 images)

More than fish, the fishing buoys floating on Lake Geneva whet our imagination. While the port of Marseille has its giant sardine, the peaceful Lake Geneva also conceals certain mysterious stories. In particular, they tell of the presence of giant trout, of catfish so big they caused humans and animals to disappear, or treasure lost in its deep waters.

This is the magnitude that a site can grow to in our imagination and in the time that these floats claim in all their bright curves. On the surface of this peaceful lake, these modest objects become pilot lights reminding us that while still waters run deep, we must also go with the flow of the make-believe carried on these waters.

BIO EXPRESS

The work of Stéphane Durand refers as much to the common forms of popular culture as to symbolic gestures. Like the objects and behaviour it creates, the visual codes of our society are both the signals and material that nurture his work.

Stéphane Durand has put up a number of installations in public areas, including at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, the Nuits Blanche in Brussels and the Hansaflux in Tallinn, among others. He also contributes to urban scenography, in particular at Les Invites in Villeurbanne, les Francofolies in La Rochelle, FME in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Rendez-vous chez nous in Ouagadougou. Stéphane Durand also works on scenery for cinema, television and opera.

Jeux typographiques pour recueil de poèmes (2018)

Encor Studio / 2018

Jeux typographiques pour recueil de poèmes is an original work by the Swiss collective Encor Studio, founded on three separate artistic disciplines. First of all architecture, because the venue for this project is the Hôtel des Bergues, setting the stage for the dialogue between the characteristics of its classical façade and the resolutely contemporary images projected onto it. Secondly typography, as the work is a homage to this high tradition of Swiss design which, for some 70 years now, has promoted unique Swiss know-how in this field around the world. The aim here is to highlight the meticulous aesthetics of typefaces created by the famous foundries, past and present. And finally poetry, with a view to underscoring the cosmopolitan spirit of the host city. Encor Studio has chosen to place ten texts by poets from abroad, written in different languages and alphabets, in motion. The work contradicts itself through an infinitely vast lyric world constrained by the finite space of the building on which it is brought to life. Its graphic games of such pure simplicity and astounding precision more or less clearly embody the thoughts of the poems’ authors. The result is an ultra-contemporary creation rooted in the purest tradition of Swiss graphic identity.

BIO EXPRESS

Encor Studio was founded in 2014 by the Swiss artists Mirko Eremita, David Houncheringer, Valerio Spoletini and Manuel Oberholzer. Its work is deciphered in layers and falls into multiple dimensions. The collective explores the intrinsic foundations of graphic art by reshaping strong, symbolic primitive forms. From the purity of a photograph to the complexity of audiovisual installations, the works of Encor Studio draw inspiration from mathematics, sound vibrations and the play of light on a sober yet powerful aesthetic. They are designed in volume and with an ability to evolve. Each piece is based on solid codes causing the mind to perceive the work in its temporal entirety from its original to its final manifestation with light as a common thread, assuming a different form in each project.

Sens dessus dessous

Maro Avrabou
Dimitri Xenakis / 2016

Sens dessus dessous (3 images)
Sens dessus dessous Sens dessus dessous

Sens dessus dessous is a creation designed for the trees on Place de la Navigation, as part of Geneva Lux. It is founded on the misappropriation of an industrial object that is standard and familiar, easily identifiable and linked to culture: the common or garden plant pot. Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis turn it upside down to create a hundred different items hung from the branches of the lime trees. Usually opaque, the pots become luminous, revealing photographic images printed on disks.

This installation has the particularity of being visible from far away and close at hand. Appearing as several sets of lanterns, it calls to us from a distance. Close at hand, it encourages passers-by to look up to discover the images projected among the branches. The ensuing walk allows you to move from one pot to the next while also contemplating the foliage of the trees.

BIO EXPRESS

A plastic artist and light designer, Maro Avrabou works in the fields of visual arts, theatre, dance and opera. Dimitri Xenakis is a plastic artist. He works in and with the landscape, constantly renewing his artistic language to dialogue with the environment.

These two artists work together on joint creations exploring living areas, points of view, shapes and lights. Their field of action therefore goes beyond what is commonly termed an object and expresses the desire to explore new territories. They work on all types of projects addressing urban and natural landscapes.

Their works enter into dialogue with the sites, their morphology, their history and their identity. They encourage those people taking a walk to (re)discover spaces or realities which we end up forgetting. They highlight the social and human dimension, taking account of the particularity of the existing site and the vision we might have of it. The creations of Maro and Dimitri punctuate and divide up the space or explore one of its particularities. They call on the spectators to look at their everyday environment.

MAXIMA LVX VIRIDITAS

The Montesinos Foundation / 2017

MAXIMA LVX VIRIDITATIS (4 images)

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Founded on imagination and an iconography inspired by the decorum of sci-fi films, the project – a maximum green glow – plays around the harbour after having infiltrated the boat, l’Italie, as well as its landing stage under the title MAXIMA LVX VIRIDITATIS in 2017. This year, les Bains des Pâquis will host the composition of neon lights like a new sign reflected in the lake. Faithful to her work of contemporary art treasurer, Elena Montesinos suggests revisiting the myth of the famous American greenback, as popular as an emoticon with the young generations and which flirts with the iconography of Las Vegas and science fiction; it is an artistic re-appropriation approach which is deliberately pop and works as such. These media infiltrations create a mischievous oddity in the usually melancholic winter lakeside setting. The installation is accompanied by surprise happenings.

MAXIMA LVX VIRIDITAS, the work of The Montesinos Foundation, was commissioned by the City of Geneva contemporary art fund (FMAC) and designed and created as part of Geneva Lux. Since 1950, the aim of the FMAC has been to strengthen the presence of art in public areas around Geneva. Its collection of almost 300 works can be discovered in the city itself and at www.fmac-geneve.ch

BIO EXPRESS

The Montesinos Foundation is a creation framework dreamed up by Elena Montesinos, who lives and works in Geneva, with the aim of conducting a humorous analysis of contemporary culture and the shortcomings of the everyday western world. Numerous actions half-way between a recreational event and a pure challenge have been orchestrated by the Montesinos Foundation, often taking place in public areas. The artist examines topical themes in projects like grains of sand in the cogs of the political-economic system, exploring them in a sometimes grating artistic method through performance, installation or iconic objects.

The spectators are often called on to participate actively in her original proposals and the festive spirit is never far away.

lightShip (2018)

Alexandre Burdin-François and Boris Edelstein / 2018

lightShip, a light installation continuing The Light/House project created in 2016 for Geneva Lux, takes over the Vevey, a CGN boat. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the boat is fitted with a cylindrical structure made of triangles to which light is added to represent a lightship. Through a set of permutations of light and the absence thereof, described as mapping, geometric patterns appear inspired by the ancient and the contemporary. The polymorphous installation with a non-linear sequence can be viewed from 360 degrees, offering a contemplative journey as the Vevey continues on its way.

lightShip, the work by Alexandre Burdin-François and Boris Edelstein, was commissioned by the City of Geneva contemporary art fund (FMAC) and designed and created in collaboration with the Mapping festival as part of Geneva Lux. Since 1950, the aim of the FMAC has been to strengthen the presence of art in public areas around Geneva. Its collection of almost 300 works can be discovered in the city itself and at www.fmac-geneve.ch

BIO EXPRESS

Alexandre Burdin-François obtained a Masters in Media Design at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD – Geneva). In particular, he discovered all sorts of experiments combining design and technology, images and sound. Since graduating, he has worked as an independent designer, creating a digital scenography studio in 2012 in collaboration with the designer Mathias Zieba.

An artist from Geneva, Boris Edelstein explores how images are handled in real time by means of video projection and light. Stimulated by exploration, his own creations take the form of performances, installations or collaborative projects in the fields of performance or events. A co-founder of the Mapping festival, a platform for the audiovisual scene, and more particularly active in the field of new media, Boris Edelstein also develops software packages which have become veritable reference tools intended for audiovisual artists.

Les Eaux-Vives

Mourka Glogowski / 2018

Les Eaux-Vives, a street in the wind …

The project involves creating fish-like wind vanes with tails made from ribbons that flutter in the wind. Fastened to a shaft, they turn on their axis, nose to the wind, ready to jump into the lake or out of it like a shoal of flying fish. Sometimes facing one way, then another, probably every which way.

This creation has the advantage of offering two different appearances. It is a daylight project as the aluminium shell of the fish and the material of their ribbon tails, which catches the light, shine in the slightest ray of sun. At night, they reveal an entirely different appearance, a more intimate nature unveiling their scales thanks to a backlighting effect and the sheen of glistening fish.

These are soft-light fish, as the Rue des Eaux-Vives is inhabited. To avoid disturbing the locals with blinding lights in the windows, the light source is hidden in the shell which is perforated with patterns allowing the light through like luminous scales. Some species are brighter than others.

The Rue des Eaux-Vives is overflowing with fish, fifty of them, some small, some big and all with varied patterns.

BIO EXPRESS

Born in Paris to a Russian mother and a Polish father, Mourka is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux. At the age of 19, she organised a carnival there from a telephone cabin, earning her first recognition in the media. This launched her quest for meaning in the cycle of public festivals between the holy and the profane – the source of her artistic work.

Mourka is fascinated by symbolism and the origins of our customs. She enjoys bringing the meaning of ancestral traditions into the present day, including the illuminations – a perpetuation of a pre-Christian rite of calling to the light during the dark winter days. Drawing inspiration from a theme, she tailors her work to a site, its history and what it conveys.

Her path has taken her to numerous cities: Brussels, Lyon, Moscow, Paris, Rennes, Tournai, Verbier, Washington DC to name but a few. In Geneva, she made Le Grelottier in the Jardin Anglais as part of the Arbres & Lumières festival and created the identity of the illuminations entitled Post Tenebras Lux, characterised by the particularity of the patterns for each site and a general harmony through the purity of the colour white

Les lanternes Physallis,
l’Amour en cage

Gaspard Lautrey / 2014

Les lanternes Physalis
(3 images)

To start with there is a plant, protecting its fruit in a closed cup, its appearance changing as the season advances, leaving nothing more than a cage, a fossilised and almost intangible memory of the circuits of sap that flowed when the fruit was growing.

Bringing the illuminating object to life, transforming the lantern into an ever-changing mechanism with multiple plays of light encapsulates all the magic of this work.

An open stainless steel flower, shining and cold at dawn, an expanded object demonstrating its structure and its mechanical organs, the machine changes into a lantern at dusk. It gently becomes a cocoon, a haven of light with gentle, maternal outlines. It projects its warmth in beams, geometric intertwinings of rays of lights tracing improbable lines of childish dreams secretly guiding us in our winter wanderings …

BIO EXPRESS

Born in Vachères in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, Gaspard Lautrey grew up between his mother’s goats and the workshop of his plastic artist and builder father. At the age of 19, he became a scenery builder for theatre and dance. Four years later, he founded C-Cube, a design workshop and construction company.

La Voie lactée

Daniel Schlaepfer / 2014

La Voie lactée (2 images)

Visible from Earth as a white ribbon crossing the heavens, the visual phenomenon of the Milky Way is in part the result of the stars and the gas of which it is composed. While few stars are visible to the naked eye, no more than a few thousand in good viewing conditions, the number increases considerably with the help of a telescope.

Along Rue du Rhône in Geneva, this work offers you a journey through the stars. A magical representation consisting of thousands of points of light which become denser at the centre of the street, forming a stunning path of light – the Milky Way.

BIO EXPRESS

A light artist and sculptor from the canton of Vaud, Daniel Schlaepfer is particularly well-known for his light creations around several architectural projects and for his artistic installations using fibre optics and LEDs. His work deals with universal fields and themes relating to the cycle of life, movement in space and the passage of time.

The Atelier D. Schlaepfer develops creations at the crossroads of art and design, installed in venues such as public buildings, private homes and both urban and natural environments. To create its interventions, the Atelier regularly works with architects and construction specialists, proposing a scenography for the space in the form of lighting, colour or a formal concept. It is a question of fostering dialogue with a given site, of underlining its particularities and highlighting its intrinsic aspects, as light produces visibility that is transient, cyclical, lasting and infinite.

Hivernales Népenthèses

Sophie Guyot / 2015

Hivernales Népenthèses (5 images)

Light sculptures arranged in a group on Place de Longemalle, their sinuous and organic forms reminiscent of flowers, underwater creatures and panses dodues hung on rods.

At night they give off a sparkling light. Their generous yet tormented reliefs express fulfilment yet also voracity. The tropical pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant that traps insects in cups filled with a liquid in which they drown.

As in nature, the plants go through different phases of maturation and the installation explores a different chromatic range every year. Constantly evolving, it therefore promises a surprise for each edition of Geneva Lux.

BIO EXPRESS

A Swiss artist who studied humanities at the University of Lausanne, Sophie Guyot taught herself to produce plastic art creations focusing on light, her material of choice. When talking about her work, she likes to talk about the poetry of the down-to-earth. Desire and the concept are born of the tangible, the contact with the material, the relationship with the site in question. Unlike her peers who explored light before her, Sophie Guyot dares to place it in forms which take us back to an earlier, more modest period of humanity. Regardless of whether it focuses on large-scale or smaller projects, her work explores the ongoing relationship between humans and their biotopes, a sisterly tip of the hat to nature and an extended metaphor for the human condition.

Les Edelweiss

Mourka Glogowski / 2017

Les Edelweiss (3 images)
Les Edelweiss Les Edelweiss

While the symbol of the edelweiss only appeared in the 19th century, it has become the national and touristic emblem of Switzerland, rooted in the collective subconscious as being an ancestral sign. A guarantee of Swiss quality, reliability and purity, no other flower enjoys such global recognition.

Leontopodium alpinum is its Latin name, and it is also known as the silver star, the snow queen, the eternal white or the star of the Alps … names to make snowflakes envious right down to the plains! The idea naturally took hold of sowing edelweiss made of light in the deep midwinter in the Rues Basses of Geneva.

To play with all the subtlety of a palette of light, the edelweiss do not have the same shape or light intensity. Some are closed, others half-open, visible from the side or completely open, the idea being to work on variations of light.

BIO EXPRESS

Born in Paris to a Russian mother and a Polish father, Mourka is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux. At the age of 19, she organised a carnival there from a telephone cabin, earning her first recognition in the media. This launched her quest for meaning in the cycle of public festivals between the holy and the profane – the source of her artistic work.

Mourka is fascinated by symbolism and the origins of our customs. She enjoys bringing the meaning of ancestral traditions into the present day, including the illuminations – a perpetuation of a pre-Christian rite of calling to the light during the dark winter days. Drawing inspiration from a theme, she tailors her work to a site, its history and what it conveys.

Her path has taken her to numerous cities: Brussels, Lyon, Moscow, Paris, Rennes, Tournai, Verbier, Washington DC to name but a few. In Geneva, she made Le Grelottier in the Jardin Anglais as part of the Arbres & Lumières festival and created the identity of the illuminations entitled Post Tenebras Lux, characterised by the particularity of the patterns for each site and a general harmony through the purity of the colour white.

HEAD LUX

A creation by Kristell Caloz, Martin Besson and, Mero.uno, graduates and undergraduates of the HEAD – Geneva Visual Communication Department under the artistic direction of Camille de Dieu / 2018

HEAD LUX is a surprising aesthetic and graphic offering that plays with the Temple de la Madeleine. Using the mapping technique, the graduates and undergraduates of the HEAD – Geneva Visual Communication Department, brought together by Camille de Dieu, serve up a singular visual and narrative experience inviting the spectator to witness an urban adventure somewhere between dream and fascination.

BIO EXPRESS

Born from the merger of a pair of two-hundred-year-old schools – the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Haute Ecole d’Arts Appliqués, the HEAD – Geneva calls on a rich cultural and artistic heritage while maintaining close ties with the artistic scene and economic fabric, both at local and international level. The decision to build its new campus in the heart of the city underscores the school's commitment to establishing a centre of excellence for art and design in Geneva. Promoting international and interdisciplinary exchange, HEAD – Geneva is home to more than 700 students from 40 different countries. Renowned for the quality of its bachelor's and master's degrees in visual arts, cinema, spatial and interior design, visual communication, media and interaction design and fashion, jewellery and accessory design, HEAD – Geneva has established itself as one of the leading art and design schools in Europe.

Homme qui marche face au vent

Rémi Brun / 2017

Les Edelweiss (6 images)
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This project is an extension of the works of Rémi Brun and illustrates the strength and pertinence of his approach, which involves imbuing a being with life and a presence simply through movement. The main technique calls on a mental process: as our brain primarily processes movements, it is simply a case of providing it with carefully chosen moving visual elements for it to perceive the total being in motion.

Rémi has explored the most banal, everyday movement: walking. He explores the subtleties, the discreet links with real, strong emotions. For him, each type of walk is unique and the possible examples are infinite.

Here, there is no generic walk or even Marceau’s mimed walking into the wind: facing into the wind, this is the precise walk of an ageless man who has nevertheless lived, heading for the lake with a self-assured, determined step, controlled and without any unnecessary effort or trouble. With the hint of a good mood, facing the inclement weather which is nullified by his acceptance. He feels alive, through his moving body, in and by nature. You have to imagine he is happy, despite the adversity.

BIO EXPRESS

As a movement engineer, Rémi Brun has worked for almost 25 years on computer-generated images and scientific research. By dint of addressing movement in all its forms, he has ended up perceiving it as a material in its own right, independent of matter, shape, volume and colour.

In 1996, he had the idea of creating a sculpture of movements. It would take him eight years to find the right formula and another two to create it. A 1/5 model of a horse which was nothing but gallop was produced in 2006, illustrating the validity of the concept. The finished work was only presented at Art Cheval in Saumur in 2008. Prix du jury and Prix du public. Since then, it has been travelling the world (Paris, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Moscow, etc.). This horse was followed by other sculptures: the golfer, the footballers, the skater, etc. The list is already long without mentioning any future projects ...

Harmonic Portal

Chris Plan / 2018

The Harmonic Portal is a slowly evolving, hypnotic meditation on colour harmony. A single line divides two colours, their resonance or dissonance modulates your perception of the individual hues. The incidence of the light also effects the surface of the individual locations, deepening the textures, amplifying tiny details, sometimes seeming to create a glowing microscopic world, other times a deep void that sucks in your gaze.

BIO EXPRESS

Chris Plant works with projection, light and often sound to create immersive experiences. He is interested in particular with how they can effect your state of mind, your emotions, your sense of time and space.

Recent works have been explored how our minds make sense of our sensory world, to turn the limited number of discrete colours receptors in our eyes into a seamless spectrum of hues and shades.

By creating gentle generative rhythmic patterns the sculptures give you a chance to explore how individual colours can make you feel and how introducing another colour can change or develop that feeling. They also look at how light and shadow can radically change your perception of texture.

They are as individual as the surface on which they are placed, marks you could easily miss become ancient scars, lichen and leaves, alien landscapes.

Spark Ballet

PITAYA / 2018

Spark Ballet is an immersive installation representing the energy present in every living being, usually invisible to the naked eye. Like auras in motion, particles fly around the trees in attractive curves, creating a hypnotic ballet of lights. The glow they give off plays with the volumes of the tree, revealing the branches and foliage in their luminous flux. Spark Ballet is an installation which celebrates life and the magic of nature. Nature that survives, resists and surrounds us, even in the most common places of urban areas.

BIO EXPRESS

In 2006, the Lyon-based creation studio participated in its first event, creating thirty chandeliers to be installed in public areas during the Fête des Lumières in Lyon. Every year now, PITAYA creates projects focusing on light and presents them in these new urban festivals, veritable open-air showcases.

The studio favours an author-type approach based on research and experimentation. This phase in turn gives rise to numerous concepts which will become finalised objects. The constant exchange between the technical and the artistic enables the studio to perceive a project from a concept as well as from a more tangible desire to use a new technology or explore a specific production process.

Light is the common thread in their works and the pair thrive on numerous creations, between light as an object, lighting fixtures and artistic installations. They generally treat light as a versatile material which reveals and emphasises the shapes of their objects. Their productions alter the space in which they are installed, giving rise to new perceptions and experiences.

Since it was founded, PITAYA has advocated for design on a human scale where craft and creation live intelligently side by side. Their productions have earned them international renown and have been exhibited in Tokyo, London, Dubai, Moscow, Geneva, Beijing, Singapore and Baltimore.

Roma Roma Roma

Denis Savary / 2017

Roma Roma Roma (3 images)
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For this intervention, which takes the form of walk, the artist creates a suspended image, inserting moving and discreetly audible bodies into the alleyways of Geneva old town. Reduced models of hot air balloons connected to their nomadic pilots are periodically activated. The different scales and superimpositions with the façades of the alleyways transform them into a cinema set. The oversized appearance of the hot air balloons is a source of illusionism and these somewhat awkward-looking objects that are difficult to control, tend to form a burlesque scene. In particular, the artist refers to the figure of Pierrot created by the painter Jean-Antoine Watteau, disproportionate and foolish in his ill-fitting white clothes. The action is so dreamlike that it creates a slapstick impression.

Activation: every Thursday at 6.30 p.m., Place du Bourg-de-Four. Cancelled in the event of poor weather.

Roma Roma Roma was commissioned by the City of Geneva contemporary art fund (FMAC) and designed and created as part of Geneva Lux. Since 1950, the aim of the FMAC has been to strengthen the presence of art in public areas around Geneva. Its collection of almost 300 works can be discovered in the city itself and at www.fmac-geneve.ch

BIO EXPRESS

Denis Savary, who lives and works in both Geneva and London, also works in the fields of drawing, video, sculpture, scenography and stage sets. By using and intertwining numerous references to the history of art and design, literature, cinema and the biography of certain artists, Denis Savary produces images calling on the spectators’ shared memories. He also uses situations exuding the strange, the unusual and the poetic and develops a form of narrative during each intervention, giving free rein to reflection and daydreaming.

Onde

Marie-Hélène Richard / 2016-2017

Onde (6 images)
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In this place dedicated to pedestrians and children’s games, the city is on a human scale. It is a pocket of nature overlooking the Parc des Bastions, protected from the noise of traffic and ideal for meditation. On the Promenade de la Treille the chestnut trees hide the lines of the city and in the evening the light is muted.

Onde, created for Geneva Lux, slips in quite naturally among the chestnut trees, drawing lines which seem to float in the air as if suspended in space. The work maintains the symmetry of the path in a highly poetic atmosphere. A series of white arcs with regularly varying tension produces a geometry that changes according to your vantage point. When you walk the path in the bluish night, a splash of light slipping from curve to curve creates the perpetual motion of a wave and, from down in the park, a wave-like luminous movement ebbs and flows.

BIO EXPRESS

A Franco-Swiss visual artist, Marie-Hélène Richard works in landscapes by creating a specific work for each site entrusted to her. The context largely fosters the nature of the work. The elements of the site and its spatiality form the support for the dialogue that endeavours to be created.

Born in 1966, she was active in the field of textile art, working thread and a wide range of other materials. Graduating from the Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1989, her approach – influenced by Arte povera and minimalism – began to turn towards situation art and the contact with nature. She has created works stamped with great poetry and considerable lightness, both in France and abroad, such as for the Swiss Cultural Centre in Paris, the Musée Promenade de Marly le Roi and the Urato archipelago in Japan. She has worked in Italy, Andorra and Poland. The esplanade of the Grande Arche in Paris, Futuroscope and the Domaine du Rayol have all hosted her installations. She has participated in the Estuaire biennial, Lille Fantastic and the Grandeur exhibition in The Hague, devoted to monumental French sculptures. In France, she was part of the last edition of In situ, art and heritage.

L'Envol

PITAYA / 2018

Almost 200 luminous birds seem to have taken up residence in the trees of the Parc des Bastions for the winter period.

These strange birds like to stay in our latitudes during the winter. They will stay here, nestling in the upper branches of the trees in the park before continuing their migratory journey until they return next winter.

The birds have simple, streamlined forms as if made by origami. They shine with a white light, conducive to peace and contemplation.

BIO EXPRESS

In 2006, the Lyon-based creation studio participated in its first light event, creating thirty chandeliers to be installed in public areas during the Fête des Lumières in Lyon. Every year now, PITAYA creates projects focusing on light and presents them in these new urban festivals, veritable open-air showcases.

The studio favours an author-type approach based on research and experimentation. This phase in turn gives rise to numerous concepts which will become finalised objects. The constant exchange between the technical and the artistic enables the studio to perceive a project from a concept as well as from a more tangible desire to use a new technology or explore a specific production process.

Light is the common thread in their works and the pair thrive on numerous creations, between light as an object, lighting fixtures and artistic installations. They generally treat light as a versatile material which reveals and emphasises the shapes of their objects. Their productions alter the space in which they are installed, giving rise to new perceptions and experiences.

Since it was founded, PITAYA has advocated for design on a human scale where craft and creation live intelligently side by side. Their productions have earned them international renown and have been exhibited in Tokyo, London, Dubai, Moscow, Geneva, Beijing, Singapore and Baltimore.

How High You Can Count
A temporary monument

Emilie Ding / 2017

Les Edelweiss (5 images)
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How High You Can Count is a monumental creation consisting of luminous tubes installed on the facade of a Geneva bank. Six compositions of coloured segments become part of the systematic characteristics of the architecture, enhancing and amplifying the mesh structure underpinning it. These luminescent signs, designed to match the scale of the building like a streamlined language, lend the work an enigmatic dimension. In reality, it is an abstract homage to the composer Pauline Oliveros who died on 24 November 2016. The six rhythmic forms winding between the windows of the building are born of a protocol which, like a code, translate the dates of birth and death of one of the leading figures of American avant-garde music into the format DD / MM / YYYY.

A theorist and adept of deep listening, Pauline never stopped analysing, implementing and sharing the art of listening through a constant search for new areas of experimentation. Her work, developed in 1960s California, was based on the concept of simultaneously considering the complexity of the field of listening and the vastness of the field of hearing, instinctively responding to these in a sensitive dialogue. She created a minimal language of sound, born from an increased attention to the places she took over and their spatial and acoustic characteristics that she revealed through the medium of sound. How High You Can Count is a monument to her extended perception of listening, open to numerous musical, philosophical and spiritual dimensions.

BIO EXPRESS

Emilie Ding was born in 1981 in Fribourg. She lives and works in Geneva and Berlin. After graduating from the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD – Geneva) in 2008, Emilie Ding exhibited works in numerous contemporary art forums in Switzerland and abroad, in particular the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain in Geneva, the Aargauer Kunsthaus, the Centre d’art contemporain in Geneva and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She is represented by the Galerie Samy Abraham (Paris).

Grapp’lum

Eric Barray / 2016

Grapp’lum (3 images)
Grapp’lum Grapp’lum

Trees planted there at the very centre of the city. Gnarled branches make their way skyward. Coiled, intertwined, an accumulation of matter invades and colonises the tree as if to protect it; an agglomerate of plant strands which are lit with a warm, orange colour at night, like embers. In this mishmash of wicker, coloured holes create depth, energising this plant sculpture. But who lives there?

BIO EXPRESS

The urban basket maker and scenographer, Erik Barray, weaves nature in the city.

In his workshop, with strands of wicker, the plant is seen as a foil for light, playing with its presence and absence in the curves, swirls of the material that has been worked, at the very heart of its complexity. The creation of visual and sensory worlds which weave a link between nature and the city, the past and the present, by applying thousand-years old know-how to contemporary forms and techniques.

Vibration, flickering and shimmering; light imprints on the weave, breaks up and colours into myriad shades. In public areas, it comes to life and invites passers-by to take an innocent yet responsible look at the unparalleled beauty of nature.

Lignes [pas]sages

Camille Nesonson / 2015

Lignes de [pas]sages (3 images)

Accessible via different entrances, Lignes [pas]sages is a space for you to cross, to experience from the inside. Its porous boundaries disturb our patterns of verticality and regularity. They encourage us to take a new look at the place through filters of light and shadow.

Each vantage point offers a different light density and the walls of offset lines flare up as the walk progresses. The people roam through the corridors of light and discover visual games of overlays, entanglements and linear variations.

This impression of movement creates a non-static area which changes as the spectator moves. Drawing considerable inspiration from kinetic art, Camille Nesonson’s installation offers us the chance to enjoy an immersive and sensory spatial and visual experience in which our body is active and involved.

BIO EXPRESS

Trained in spatial design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Lyon, Camille Nesonson enjoys exploring and experimenting with light in its relationship to shadow, movement and its infinite interactions. Her passion led her to participate in the student experiments at the Fête des Lumières in Lyon in 2011. She made it the subject of her diploma and dissertation and confirmed her growing interest in this intangible material. Her luminous objects create links between the light, the body and the surrounding area.

A multifaceted creator, Camille Nesonson works as an independent designer and artist at the crossroads of several disciplines. Between the creation of objects, scenography, spatial design and furniture, her desire to diversify her activities and venues has become a characteristic of her work. She also accompanies agencies in designing exhibitions and public areas, in particular through her search for shapes and the contextualisation of space. Since 2016, she has worked alongside Charles Vicarini at the Studio Vicarini in Paris, designing lighting for public areas, landscapes, architecture and museography.

Geneva Lux Festival Tour

Dates: Saturday 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2018 and Saturday 5 January 2019
Departure: 5 p.m. from the Tourist Office, Rue du Mont-Blanc 18
Duration: 2 hours
Languages: French and English
Prices:

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