A WORLD UNIQUE LIGHTING DESIGN EVENT
Lights is unigue in several ways from other lighting design events around the world. To begin with, the city does not order ready-made concepts or installations of the designers. Only the theme and the lighting trail is determined in advance. What is to be done and how it should look is instead presented during the course of the workshop, where different designers and students work together. The workshop lasts for a week and no one knows what the result will be until the grand opening.
PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Lights has become a world-class lighting design event that many people want to participate in. Internationally active designers apply to become Workshop heads and to lead a group of students, that also apply to be part of the workshop. They get valuable “hands on” experiences of lighting design and the creation of the installations, which can otherwise be difficult to obtain. The workshop week itself is intensive and starts with lectures and presentations. Then sketches and prototypes are made. They are tested, discussions are held and reports are made. Finally, the finished installations are displayed. The workshop offers a wide range of theory and practice and is very educational.
ONCE UPON A TIME…
In 1998, students from Ljuscentrum at the University of Gothenburg came to Alingsås to experiment with architectural lighting in public spaces. The following year they did the same thing and were joined by students from Jönköping University. It was a success for both the residents of Alingsås and the students. The municipality therefore entered into an agreement with the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) in 2000 and since then the international world of lighting design has come to Alingsås every year to illuminate the city.
A BRIGHT FUTURE
Lights is a much appreciated lighting design event by both visitors, designers and students. It has become a matter of course for many who study lighting design and architecture to participate in the workshop and see it as a part of the their education. In the lighting design industry it is even common to ask each other “Have you done Lights?”. And the one who once visited the event and participated in the workshop is happy to do so again. So the question is, have you done Lights?
WHAT’S BEHIND LIGHTS?
Follow Lights for a whole year and discover all the steps that takes us to those five magic autumn weeks.
Designers apply to be part of Lights in Alingsås as Workshop Heads.
THEME & LIGHTING TRAIL
The project group determines where the lightng trail should go and what theme should be.
SELECTION OF WORKSHOP HEADS
The designers get selected.
All designers arrive to a first meeting in Alingsås where they go the lighting trail and get to be familiar with the theme. The first concept ideas are developed.
Students send their applications.
The designers make sketches and submit requests to Alingsås Energi for equipment that is needed for their installations. Alingsås Energi tries to match these requests and have a dialogue with the sponsors.
All students and designers meet for the first time during the workshop week and build and create the installations together.
During five weeks, the installations are up and running. During this time, the visitors can also attend lectures and various events.