As their overarching theme, the designers chose the magical light of “the blue hour” – the brief twilight zone at the juncture of day and night – an everyday phenomenon but one that is rarely given much attention:
“In the ‘blue hour’ spectrum, colours intensify while shadows grow more diffuse, the light becomes more diffuse ... buildings look sexy during this time. It’s when the natural recedes and civilization begins to take over; the city lights come on, building lights go on. It defies the possibility of existence without artificial light. We are condemned to the unnatural,” says Elizabeth Diller, describing this phenomenon.
This year’s core topic – the blue hour – is considered in greater depth in a roundtable encounter between Liz Diller, lighting designer Paul Marantz, whose fame extends well beyond his New York base, and Klaus Vamberszky, our Chief Technology Officer. Together they discuss time as the fourth dimension of light and new prospects emerging from the ongoing technology shift within our industry.
|Blue Hour. Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Matthew Monteith in Collaboration. Published by Zumtobel Group.|
Photographer Matthew Monteith succeeds in capturing the narrative effect of the blue hour with great subtlety in a series of images. Over a one-hour period, he took 45 shots of a room from exactly the same angle. The light situation changes from one photo to the next as the magical interplay of daylight and artificial light progresses, while in the background a mysterious plot woven around an enigmatic occupant appears to unfold.