The Illuminated River Foundation and The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland teamed up on Friday 19 February to deliver a virtual talk ‘Bringing Light Art to London: artists Leo Villareal and Teemu Määttänen in Conversation’.
Introduced by Illuminated River Foundation director Sarah Gaventa and moderated by Disegno founder Johanna Agerman-Ross, the discussion explored the role of light art in bringing beauty, magic and tranquillity to urban environments.
With both artists exhibiting their work in London - Määttänen’s installation Noste is featured in the Southbank Centre’s Winter Light exhibition and Villareal’s major public art commission, Illuminated River, is lighting up central London’s bridges - their conversation revealed how computer programming serves as a vital tool in the development of their light art, changing the frequency, intensity and patterning of LEDs in a way that responds and adapts to the shifting requirements of public spaces.
We were delighted to have over 300 people attend from all around the world.
You can watch the full discussion here: