Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design
As a biennial for light art and urban design, the Luminale pursue the goal of creating a popular and high-quality program in terms of both artistic and contextual content. A further key objective is to make a sustainable contribution to urban development – in dialogue with artists, creative minds, urban planners, scientists and the city’s residents. Projects revolving around urban visions in the fields of light, architecture, technology, ecology, social interaction in the city, or with its history and culture, make this into a tangible experience – accompanied by interdisciplinary dialogue. In this process, the Luminale sees itself as a source of ideas and impulses, as well as coordinator, communicator and test laboratory.
Ever more often, the name Yasuhiro Chida is mentioned in the same breath as the great light art luminaries of the age. For Luminale, he will be creating a work of art that requires absolute darkness.more
Soon there’ll be dancing on the glass façade of the Ignatz Bubis Community Center, but first the performers must appear before the camera: We accompanied Lukas Sünder and his "Shedim Ballet" during the shoot.more
"Sailing on a wine-dark sea to people of another tongue" - the quotation from Homer's Odyssey has adorned the Eiserne Steg in ancient Greek script since 1999.
Fragments of a non-linear process, depicted on the facade of the new German Romantic Museum.
Images, back-projected onto rear-projection foil lining the windows of individual floors of a building, show partial sequences of various individuals performing normal activities.
A 3D low-poly head of a lion in the midst of a staged jungle of plants is brought to life.
Movement, light and a multidimensional projection combine to create an immersive experience.
With a large-scale installation, Philipp Geist highlights the Bethmann-Weiher and nearby pavilion, once a major city landmark.
In rooms of Offenbach’s Schule für Mode. Grafik. Design., Daniela Ballweg and NIQUU offer a view of an unknown world.
During the Luminale, the Camelot project awakens the fountain in the mainBuilding, which provides energy in the summer, from hibernation.
The view into a mirror becomes a view out of the window, while before your eyes is a magnificent full moon, behind which clouds are gently drifting.
For civil engineers, skyscrapers, much like bridges, pose the ultimate challenge in architecture.
Under the motto „Warm Tones - Cold Tones", visitors can savor a „forest of light columns" in the church interior together with other lighting effects.
On the occasion of the Luminale and new developments in the textile industry, a group of students from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences makes textiles shine.
A digitally-staged audiovisual work of art creating a romantic world of light and sound in the new foyer of the office building at 50-54 Eschersheimer Landstraße.
The Time Travel project makes the dimension of light discernible through the chronological sequence of years!
Enlightenment in the spiritual sense can be so described: „Everyday consciousness has been transcended, giving way to a permanent and special insight into a holistic reality.”
Stephan K. Müller's works are never inanimate, for they have many facets, which can emerge through light and shadow, the times of day and change of seasons, or the altered perspective of the viewer.
The walk-in SHADOW DANCE MACHINE is establishing itself as an analogue alternative to digital romanticism.
In the underground garden of the Eschenheimer Anlage at Eschenheimer Tor, Franz Neudeck’s work entitled „The Luminous Gaze", presents lanterns bearing the portraits and „glances“ of Frankfurt’s people.
In the garden of the Carmelite monastery, Berlin based artist Malte Kebbel has installed three rotating light art works – „Light Anemones", made of curved mirrors of titanium-stainless steel.
MFA has taken on the task of making excess materials from the trade fair, art and theatre scene available to a broad creative public.
As part of the Luminale 2020, the glass façade of the Ignatz Bubis-Gemeindezentrum will feature a project by Lukas Sünder.
The scenario: We have not managed to stop climate change in time and the earth has become uninhabitable.
Young people have transformed a simple caravan into an impressive work of art consisting of sound and light objects, painting, collage, poetry, and sculpture.
A monument is unveiled that shows two naked young men talking on the phone.
Hard and angular, often smooth and cool – this is how passers-by and commuters frequently see the city of Frankfurt.
REFRAKTO is an audiovisual performance by Den Sorte Skole, visual artist collective Vertigo and organist Prof. Martin Lücker.
A giant humming top with mirror mosaic plays with light, movement and sound.
Das Projekt „Catch-Shoot-Release“ untersucht die Wirkung von Licht und Klang in Bezug auf Nähe und Distanz.
A second heaven hovers close above the heads of the visitors in the Metzlerpark.
Since time immemorial, mankind has been fascinated by the natural phenomenon of light.
Eight artificial swans begin to glow and start a choreography – a surprising water ballet.
All visitors can freely play with the glowing spheres, or do so under supervision.
“Sunshowers” is a realtime animation artwork. It is inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s film Dreams.
Anny and Sibel Öztürk’s "From Inner to Outer Light" in the is a sound and light installation based on audience participation.
A historic tram operated by the Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF) brings "Digital Romantic" onto the rails.
The "Dead Pixel" installation was created from a load of broken mobile phone displays found in pile of refuse.
The performance shows projections of chats by different couples of our time, and is combined with romantic music of Schubert.
The walk-in lighting installation LINEAR CIRCUIT III allows visitors to experience the phenomenon of light in space and time!
Dense urban living space, dramatic illumination of buildings, street lighting, and industry – these factors all make it difficult to experience the night as such. The night is getting brighter.
The installation "Matter of Opinion" visualizes the interactive relationship between concept and reality.
Black and white tiles cover the floor. While the black tiles dissolve in the darkness, the white tiles glow and illuminate the room.
With every breath, we and our planet circle a life time around the sun.
The German Romantik-Museum is being built next door to the Goethe-House in Frankfurt.
Light projected on an installation of paper travel tickets from all over the world...
In the 21st century the sensuality of romanticism can also be created by digital means.
Under the theme "Digital Romantic" of the Luminale 2020, 40 empty wine bottles will be filled with light.
In view of the rapid growth of cities, is aesthetics in public space a luxury?
What is the color of a particular chord? What is the taste of a C-major scale? Are romantic songs purple?
the installation engages with current discussions, evaluating the opportunities and…
The light installation is inspired by the beauty of the (German) landscape and its autumnal changes.
The light sculpture that hangs above the heads of the spectators is 8 meters high.
With thunder and waves, six artists from the BBK, are to illuminate the 8 window panes of the BBK as well as the indoor areas.
"flow" is an audiovisual, spatial installation composed of the flow and contrast of graphic and organic elements.
The good old marriage bureau no longer exists. The majority of men and women today take to the Internet in search of a partner.
Here, in the dark, no contours can as yet be discerned. But there are mounting signs that a new, exhausting day is about to dawn, its appearance will be clearly pale.
The RETROreflexion exhibition shows reflecting light objects and textile works.
In global terms, cities are responsible for a large proportion of all CO₂ emissions.
The project thematizes the industrial revolution that began in Europe in the mid-18th century and was to change the world.
What connects the era of Romanticism with our current social transformation?
The Luminale 2020 would be incomplete without one of Frankfurt's most original venues: The Binding Brewery.
At first glance, the Mainfeld in Niederrad appears to be a normal high-rise building – but it is clearly so much more.
The building of the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum – is bathed in a special light.
The installation thematizes the inner courtyard of the 3-part building – the so-called Promenade.
For one evening, moments of poetry are created when people, light and movement interact at the Luminous Playground.
An abstract interpretation of the insignificance of human existence in a cosmological context.
The aim of the light installation "The feeling of nostalgia in the digital world" is connection with oneself.
"recognizing" and "making visible", a dialogue between past and present, materialized in spatial design.
The light installation "Rupture" deals with curiosity as a human driving force and as a basic design principle.
Through playing with proportions, Maren Maidhof looks at our creative will and our effectiveness.
The light and sound installation build a bridge between the analogue and the virtual world.
A conceptual connection between interior design and the system of bee colonies.
A search of what contemporary architecture with its angular and edgy forms often fails to consider.
A variety of artificial light sources cloud the heavens even when the nights are clear.
As part of the Luminale, the project "natürlichT" addresses the importance of natural or luminous light sources.
We opened a window to the signal box and an alien life form sprang out, which can unfortunately no longer be restrained.
The spatial light drawing "The Lonely Tree" was conceived for the exhibition held in the Diakoniekirche Weißfrauen.
"The Niche: A Missing Link" is realized by means of Augmented Reality (AR) technology.
For years, the 800-year-old St. Leonhardskirche, a listed building, was closed for restoration.
Video artist Vanessa Hafenbrädl, together with Anna McCarthy, is creating an audiovisual work for Frankfurt’s Snow-White Monument.
The façade of the Alte Oper, which is peppered with mythological and poetic motifs, depicts a journey from linear, digital structures to sensual plays of light and a dreamlike experience of seemingly impossible scenarios.
In complete darkness. One light hung from the ceiling is rotating slowly at the center of the space.
Guest at the Instituto Cervantes is the internationally renowned sculptor and multimedia artist Bernardí Roig.
It is the largest-scale Arctic expedition of all time: Since fall 2019, the research icebreaker Polarstern is drifting through the Arctic Ocean.
This year, in 2020, the Frei-religiöse Gemeinde Offenbach celebrates its 175th anniversary.