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Postcards from the sixth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - December 6, 2017

Lightmatters - ACTLD - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (42)

The 6th edition of Amsterdam Light Festival has opened on Thursday 30 November.
Until 21 January visitors can enjoy artworks of several national and international artists.
Highlight of 2017/2018 edition is “thinline” – a 6.5km-long line running through the city representing a border – by international Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

thinline- Ai Weiwei- Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (1)

thinline by Ai Weiwei. Photo: Janus van den Eijnden 

Ai Weiwei with Limited Edition - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (54)

thinline  – limited edition, by Ai Weiwei. Photo: Janus van den Eijnden 

All the invited artists were challenged to base their work on this year’s theme “Existential”.
The festival has two exhibition sites in Amsterdam: the water exhibition with 21 impressive light objects in the historical city centre, and the land exhibition with 15 interactive artworks on Marineterrein Amsterdam.
This year’s water exhibition  – from November 30, 2017 through January 21, 2018 – presents a large number of light artworks on the Amsterdam canals. Various canal companies, like founding partner Amsterdam Canal Tours, offer boat tours along these light artworks. The artworks are lit daily between 17 PM and 23 PM (until 20 PM on New Year’s Eve).
On land, light objects will be exposed at the Marineterrein from December 14, 2017 until January 7 2018. This exhibition, at walking distance of Amsterdam Central station, can be viewed at visitors’ own initiative and can be explored without a fixed walking route. The artworks are lit daily between 17PM and 22PM.

A necessary darkness - Rona Lee - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (1)

A necessary darkness by Rona Lee. Foto: Janus van den Eijnden. 

Whole hole - Vendel & de Wolf - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (20)

Whole Hole by Vendel & De Wolf. Photo: Janus van den Eijnden 

Infinita - Balmond Studio - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

Infinita by Balmond Studio. Photo: Janus van den Eijnden

Homeward Bound - Victor Engbers - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden (98)

Homeward Bound by Victor Engbers. Photo: Janus van den Eijnden 

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017 / 2018

Water exposition: 30 November 2017  / 21 January 2018
Land exposition: 14 December 2017 / 7 January 2018

cover image: Lightmatters – ACTLD – Photo Janus van den Eijnden

images courtesy of Amsterdam Light Festival / Coebergh Communicatie & PR


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