October 18, 2017 9:55 pm
Updated: October 18, 2017 10:35 pm

Halifax nightly light art exhibition wraps on Saturday

ABOVE: Halifax is about to get a lot more colourful as light art installations are displayed in the downtown. Steve Silva spoke with some of the artists displaying their work.


The walls and ceiling of a Halifax church were illuminated with flowing, curvilinear patterns manipulated by a keyboard operated by a German man Wednesday.

“They shall take away what they make out of it,” Laurenz Theinert said, adding that his art doesn’t contain messages for the audience.

He is one of 12 artists participating in a four-night event called Responsive: International Light Art Project Halifax.

There are eight sites, including Halifax City Hall, the Black-Binney House, and the Presbyterian Church of Saint David.

The event “is about art in public space, it’s about art in museums, it’s about digital media, and it’s about light as a material of art,” said artistic director Bettina Pelz.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia houses four installations, including a room with three disco balls reflecting light emanating from nearby projectors that elicit an experience akin to a spinning tunnel.

Ursula Handleigh, one of two Canadian artists participating, created an installation in an adjacent room called An Apparatus For Longing.

She situated two darkroom enlarger lenses facing each other for people to look through to view a strip of 35mm film.

“It references the family photograph but, also, because it’s undeveloped, it’s constantly exposing and taking in information while it’s also projecting out at the same time,” Handleigh said.

The hope, she added, is for her artwork’s audience to wonder about but not necessarily understand what they’re looking at.

The event runs between 6 p.m. and midnight through Saturday.

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