Water Light Lab

As part of the BRIXEN WATER LIGHT FESTIVAL ©, the WATER LIGHT LAB will take place at the Augustinian Canons’ Monastery of Novacella/Neustift from May 3 to 21, 2023. It includes an international exhibition program and a transdisciplinary future workshop.

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From May 3 to 21, 2023, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Neustift Monastery.

Contemporary light art projects contained by historic walls: As part of the BRIXEN WATER LIGHT FESTIVAL ©, objects and installations by international artists can be seen in the Augustinian Canons’ Monastery of Novacella. They all work with light as a luminous element, as a pictorial material or as a digital medium. They direct it through transparent substances, they confront it with reflecting foils, they distribute the light with the help of lenses. The dialogical relationship between light and shadow, reflection and absorption, contrast and colour are their tools. The WATER LIGHT LAB provides an insight into the diversity of artistic work with light since the 1960s.

The artists of the WATER LIGHT LAB differ in their forms of expression, their artistic concepts and the themes they engage with. They refer to natural phenomena such as water, clouds or rainbows and develop artistic equivalents. They study the shaping of nature in ramifications, interconnections or growth processes and translate these into aesthetic constructs. They learn from natural habitats for digital environments. They all exemplify how artists shape research and development processes.

With contributions by Philipp Artus, Benjamin Bergmann, Nazanin Fakoor, Sam Durant, Groll - Berndt - Seltmann, Angelika Höger, Ken Matsubara, François Morellet, Christine Sciulli, a.o.

The WATER LIGHT LAB is curated by Bettina Pelz.
With the active support of the Zumtobel Group and presented by Alperia.

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On May 5, 2023, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, at the Neustift Monastery. 

The WATER LIGHT HUB takes place at the Augustinian Canons’ Monastery of Novacella/Neustift. The focus of the lectures, discussions and working groups at the symposium is on collective thinking about current and future challenges in order to survive as a society and habitat in times of natural destruction, climate change and crises. 

Festivals like the BRIXEN WATER LIGHT FESTIVAL © are hubs for different forms of artistic research and practice. They are experimental and future-oriented, they are interfaces for transdisciplinary collaborations and transnational relations. The WATER LIGHT HUB brings together representatives from art, design, architecture, science, technology and industry. Together they explore the question of what contribution art projects can make to responding to pressing contemporary issues and enabling sustainable developments?

With contributions by Andrea Moeller, Angelika Höger, Aymen Gharbi, Camila Mejia und Eric Wälz, Christine Sciulli, Edwin van der Heide, Flavia Tritto, Gudrun Barenbrock, Katharina Berndt, Ken Matsubara, Kurt Laurenz Theinert, Lorenz Potthast, Nazanin Fakoor, Nicolas Friedrich Hohlt, Philipp Artus and Tom Groll.

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Locations of the Brixen Water Light Festival 2023