More light! The role of lighting in modern urban planning
Public space is supposed to impress us, make us spend our time in an attractive way, but, above all, it is supposed to be safe for us. Artificial light can change the appearance of a city, make us eager to leave home at dusk; or, on the contrary, if it’s badly designed – it will effectively discourage us from doing so.
When daylight is lacking, we appreciate the role of lighting, although the history of light in a city that gives a sense of security is relatively short, because for centuries cities were drowning in darkness. How do cities use light today? How is lighting designed? In very different ways. We will outline the history of neon signs, talk about the “cities of light”, and see how contemporary artists go out into the space of cities using light in their works.
Agnieszka Wysocka – PhD in art history from the Laboratory of Documentation and Popularisation of Monuments of Regional Centre of Culture and Art in Bydgoszcz. She teaches history of art at the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. As a reviewer for the Polish Radio of Pomorze and Kujawy, she has been for many years watching and commenting on what has been happening in galleries and museums.
07.02.2018 6 pm