LUMIERE LONDON: FULL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Daily, 5.30pm - 10.30pm
The full programme and locations for Lumiere London 2018 have been announced today,
Tuesday 9th January, with more than 50 artworks by UK and international artists set to
transform the capital’s streets, buildings and public spaces into an extraordinary and immersive nocturnal art exhibition of light and sound.
Newly announced works include Tracey Emin’s poignant neon work, Be Faithful to Your Dreams , at St James’s Churchyard on Piccadilly in St James’s . Also in St James’s, artist Alaa Minawi, pays tribute to Syrian refugees and with My Light is Your Light. At King's Cross , Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and Kanva invites visitors to walk through a shimmering field of illuminated reflective flower stems and Lampounette by French artistic studio TILT will provide a surreal take on the area’s business environment paying homage to the iconic office desk lamp, but in giant size.
Tiny sparks of light will flicker throughout Mount Street Gardens, like shooting stars across a midnight sky in sound and light work by Atsara. In Fitzrovia, CONTROL NO CONTROL, an interactive LED sculpture will captivate audiences. At Westminster Cathedra l Piazza, Victoria, view a rose window with a difference, made from thousands of recycled plastic bottles, lit y the pedalling of stationary bicycles and close by in Trafalgar Square a canopy of luminous spheres will sail above the audiences , filling the Square with light.
A psychedelic new commission by Miguel Chevalier suspended above the pedestrianised Oxford Circus which will respond to movements of the viewers below. Along South Bank , The Wave by Vertigo consisting of forty triangular and interactive glowing gates to create a beacon of light along the river, while artist David Ward will illuminate the Rambert Building with the Rambert’s company of international dancers.
Produced by arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the Mayor of London , the four-night festival is completely free to attend. Following the success of the first Lumiere London in January 2016, this second edition extends from North to South across six city destinations: London’s West End, King’s Cross, Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo.
Lumiere London is the capital’s largest art event and receives major support from London & Partners, London’s West End, King’s Cross and Bloomberg Philanthropies with additional support provided by a host of partners and funders including Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Wellcome, The Fitzrovia Partnership and the Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo BIDs, as well as Cain International, Marriott and Universal Music.
As in 2016, audiences will be able to enjoy pedestrianised streets and experience London as an open-air gallery without walls. With more than 50 artworks featuring across the capital, visitors are encouraged to plan their route and enjoy the festival over a number of nights. A detailed downloadable map will be for sale in advance and full colour souvenir print programmes with a festival map and individual destination maps will be available for purchase from sales points during the event. There are easy walking routes between many of the locations and plenty of opportunities to stay and linger over a drink or a meal at the many venues and attractions along the way. The Visit London App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play to help navigate around the festival destinations.
Artichoke is working with Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for London, to recruit over 200 volunteers from across the capital to help make the festival a success. From sharing knowledge of the city and recommending places to eat and drink, to helping audiences discover more about the artworks, this week is the last chance to sign up here.
LUMIERE LONDON 2018 FULL PROGRAMME:
● DOT by Philippe Morvan (France), Four Pancras Square: An enormous bank of
lightbulbs will pulse, flash and beam across Four Pancras Square. The 175 light bulbs
respond to a soundtrack composed especially for Lumiere London by Solomon Grey.
Alongside the music, patterns start to appear – an ever-changing panorama of horizontal
and vertical lines, spheres and cubes. Sponsored by Universal Music.
● Lampounette by TILT (France), King's Boulevard : TILT provide a surreal take on the
area’s business environment with Lampounette , which pays homage to the iconic office
desk lamp, but in giant size. The French artistic studio, which created the Leicester
Square installation for Lumiere London 2016, focuses on the exploration of light and its
interplay with art, architecture and space.
● Guardian Angels by Maro Avrabou & Dimitri Xenaki (Greece), Gasholder no 8: This
collection of plastic watering cans will be suspended in mid-air. Appearing white by day, at night, they’ll come to life and pour out a fibre optic ‘water’ on the grass below. Guardian Angels highlights the importance of nature preservation and is an indirect tribute to gardeners.
● Upperground by Maya Mouawad & Cyril Laurier (France), King’s Cross Tunnel:
Upperground will bring the natural world into a man-made environment. Electric lights
placed in the tunnel are connected to the nearest natural park, where the wind, a s it
blows across the landscape triggers the lights within the tunnel in real time, creating a
visual link between the park and the earth below.
● IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Riva l (France), Battle Bridge Place :
Created by French artist and architect Jacques Rival. By day, this giant ‘birdcage’ frames
the daily theatre of the street , while at night it morphs into a luminous rainbow of colour,
re-emitting the energy it accumulated during the day.
● Deconstructing the Domestic by Nathaniel Rackowe (UK), Universal Building
Virtrines, Good Way: Nathaniel Rackowe’s latest work combines materials and
structures that originate from the urban environment and domestic situations. Pulled
apart and combined with light, they search for a new aesthetic, forcing us to reconsider
the resonances they contain.
● Grabber by Mader Wiermann (Germany), Coal Drops Yard: London is filled with
construction work and cranes, constantly building and developing the city. Mader
Wiermann’s Grabber is a computer simulated version of architectural creation. This
projection focuses on the materials and methods of fabrication. Supported by Bam
● Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada), Lewis Cubitt Park: Filling
King's Cross with thousands of illuminated flower-like reflectors, Entre les Rangs is a
tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass. Visitors can
experience a sensory stroll around this unusual field. Created and produced with the
support of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal. With additional support from
High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, Creative Barking and Dagenham
● Aether by Architecture Social Club (UK) & Max Cooper (UK), West Handyside
Canopy: British collective of designers, architects, technicians and poets, Architecture
Social Club , will present an emotive and powerful audio-visual work entitled Aether . Its
glittering mass grows, rolls and splinters in reaction to the soundscape created by music
producer Max Cooper. Connecting light and sound to the emotions of viewers and
playing on our intrinsic and emotional relationship with form, colour and sound, Aether
accentuates our connections with the physical, engulfing the viewer in a rich, sensory
● Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde (Netherlands), Granary Square: Inspired by our
changing relationship to water and the risk of global warming and rising sea levels.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde will transform Granary Square into an
ethereal dream-like landscape. Waterlicht underlines the power and poetry of water,
enveloping viewers in a virtual flood whilst contemplating its potential for the future. For
a fully immersive experience the public are encouraged to use their mobile devices and headphones to tune into the accompanying soundtrack. With additional support from
The Royal Netherlands Embassy.
LONDON’S WEST END
Including Carnaby, Chinatown London, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Piccadilly
Circus, Regent Street, St James’s, St James’s Square, St James’s Market and Seven Dials.
● Be Faithful to Your Dreams by Tracey Emin (UK), St James’s Church, Piccadilly: Be
Faithful to Your Dreams uses Emin’s own handwritten text, the message of which takes
inspiration from her own life, and following the curves of pen marks on paper, blows and
bends it into neon tubing which will glow a fluorescent blue.
● My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi, (Palestine/Lebanon), St James's Churchyard
(viewed from Church Place): This installation pays tribute to Syrian refugees and the
terrible conditions they have experienced in their migrations across the world. The work
was realised after Alaa Minawi worked for three years as an interpreter for Syrian, Iraqi,
Sudanese and Somali refugees. Also see Suspended , an installation artwork by Arabella
Dorman inside St James's Church Piccadilly.
● Shaida Walking. 2015 by Julian Opie (UK), Broadwick Street, Carnaby: Recognised
across the globe for his iconic style, Julian Opie created this new, permanent public
work that premiered at Lumiere London 2016. Shaida Walking. 2015 takes pride of place
amongst the bustling streets of the vibrant area of Carnaby.
● The Plug and Bulbs by James Glancy Design (UK), Ganton Street, Carnaby: The
Plug and Bulbs are two of the permanent art and design installations amongst the 14
streets of Carnaby, created by James Glancy. These playful installations have a specially
developed light show for the festival in Ganton street.
● Origin of the World Bubble 2018 by Miguel Chevalier (France), software by Cyrille
Henry, Oxford Circus: Inspired by the world of micro-biology and the constant
movement and division of cells, Miguel Chevalier creates a new kind of “technological
baroque” of ever-changing universes, where organic and pixelated images mingle,
change shape, speed up and slow down. Suspended above the pedestrianised Oxford
Circus, the work will respond to the movements of the viewer below, transforming from
black and white to vivid, colour-saturated visual experiences reminiscent of op-art and
● Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille (France), Earlham Street,
Seven Dials: In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, the iconic red telephone
box has become a reminder of the past. This playful installation repurposes the famed
London telephone box, transforming it into an aquarium full of exotic fish in the heart of
the Seven Dials.
● Harmonic Portal by Chris Plant (UK), St James’s Church, Jermyn Street: A soothing
meditation connecting colour, sound, light and texture through a new work that seeks to
piece together our fragmented world.
● Spectral by Katarzyna Malejka & Joachim Sługocki (Poland), St James’s Square: A
colourful cord construction, which is illuminated by night to create a striking spectacle,
Spectral is a powerfully poetic installation where natural and constructed elements
● Reflektor by Studio Roso (UK/Denmark), St James’s Market : Fusing architecture, art
and design, Studio Roso make work that radiates the ephemeral nature of our
environment. Reflektor’s fractured surface disturbs light, casting intriguing patterns of light
and shadow onto surrounding buildings and streets below.
● Frictions by Mader Wiermann (Germany), 103 Regent Street: This new commission
from the architectural duo, who have worked together across the world since 2014,
celebrates the architecture of the building through geometrics. As the piece moves on,
the building itself appears to twist and buckle before returning to its original shape. Music
composed by Dave Dinger. Sponsored by Great Portland Estates.
● Love Motion by Rhys Coren (UK), Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard, Piccadilly : The
iconic art institution on Piccadilly will become the canvas for a brand new installation
specially commissioned in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and created by
postgraduate student Rhys Coren. Inspired by the flowing lyrical movements of
Matisse’s dancing figures, Coren has created an animation of two intricately paper-cut
figures who will dance elegantly across the building’s stone facade. Accompanied by a
moving original soundtrack Love Motion will present a joyful burst of simple pleasure on
a winter's night.
● Voyage by Camille Gross & Leslie Epzstein (France), Hotel Café Royal, (viewed
from Piccadilly Circus) : Voyage explores our physical journey through time and space.
The work has a station clock at its centre, which revolves through days and years, hours
and minutes. As the hands of the clock swing around, they mark our changing world
through the Belle Epoque and the Industrial Revolution, to the frantic speed of our travel
through to the present day.
● Nightlife by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock (UK), Leicester Square Gardens:
See Leicester Square Gardens turned into an illuminated wonderland, bringing idyll into
the heart of the city. This luminous secret garden plays with the relationship between wild
spaces and urban city life, as this busy area is transformed into a space for quiet
reflection and a gathering place to celebrate the natural world.
● Flamingo Flyway by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock (UK), Chinatown
London: Another work created by the ever-imaginative Jo Pocock and the Lantern
Company, these extraordinary flame-coloured birds will waft serenely amongst the
crowds in Chinatown London in the heart of London’s West End.
● Supercube by Stéphane Masson (France), St James’s Market: French artist
Stéphane Masson has been hijacking everyday objects for art projects since 2004,
devoting his practice to making the familiar unfamiliar. For Supercube , Masson will
transform 450 ordinary Kilner jars into a magical multi-screen cube full of surprises. A
miniature giraffe, a pink elephant or a miniature version of yourself are just some of the
many small moving images that can be found when you peer inside.
● Impulse by Lateral Office & CS Design (Canada), South Molton Street: Co-created
by Canadian design practices, Lateral Office and CS Design, Impulse is a field of
illuminated interactive seesaws that invite the public to find their inner-child and play in
an urban, public space. The more they move, the more light and sound is produced, to
create a kinetic and dynamic experience that is different for each user. Sponsored by
Regent Street Association, with additional support from High Commission of Canada in
● Neon Bikes , Robyn Wright, Brown Hart Gardens (Upper Level): Made from neon flex
attached to a custom-made frame, the pieces will take up the space normally filled by its
functional counterpart. Neon Bikes encourage us to reflect on the joy of cycling: a simple
invention that has come to offer a sustainable and indispensable way of getting around
for millions across the globe. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Sweden), Grosvenor Square: Inspired
by the enthralling experience of viewing the elusive aurora borealis , Swedish artist
Aleksandra Stratimirovic will recreate this spectacular and poetic natural light
phenomenon in Grosvenor Square. Passers-by will be able to experience the wonder
and magic of the shimmering northern lights in a city and a place where they would
never naturally appear. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● [M]ondes by Atsara (France), Mount Street Gardens: Tiny sparks of light will flicker
throughout Mount Street Gardens, like shooting stars across a midnight sky. Out of the
darkness, sparks of light will appear and then vanish, creating a mesmerising
choreography with a magical and hypnotic power. Cycles of sound build, will be
suspended in silence and then fade away. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Bough 3 by Simon Corder (UK), 17-22 South Audley Street: Bough 3 is a new
commission for Lumiere London by British artist and lighting designer, Simon Corder.
Vivid tubes of fluorescent light will grow up the façade of this significant Mayfair building,
climbing like ivy up the wall, over and around the ornate decorations in the brickwork,
bathing the surrounding site in a soft blue light. Bough 3 is third in a series, y ou can see
the newly restored Bough 1 as part of the festival at Oxo Tower Wharf in London .
Sponsored by Cain International.
● Was That A Dream? by Cédric Le Borgne (France), Berkeley Square: Inspired by the
1939 song, a single light sculpture of a bird will shine against the night sky, p erched
upon a bare winter branch in this famous Mayfair square , between dream and reality.
Sponsored by Astrea Asset Management.
● Lightbench by Bernd Spiecker for LBO LichtBankObjekte (Germany), Weighhouse
Street: Lightbench is a unique resting point that transforms the concept of public seating.
Lit by hundreds of LEDs, these luminous benches return as permanent street furniture to
allow visitors to take the weight off your feet and strike up a conversation with a stranger.
Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Illumaphonium by Michael Davis (UK), Mount Street: Activated by touch, 100
illuminated bars make this musical sculpture sing. A multi-sensory installation with
ever-changing patterns of light and sound. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Droplets by Ulf Pedersen (UK), Fitzroy Place: Pedersen’s captivating installation is
made up of six animated water droplets in Fitzrovia’s Fitzroy Place, each tuned to a
different note. Originally commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the MAC in
Birmingham, this subtle installation has a mostly random pattern of sounds, with the
occasional melodic element coming into play.
● Control no Control by Daniel Iregui (Canada / Columbia), Whitfield Gardens : This
interactive LED sculpture uses five different states of sound and visual form, each
exploring different geometry and pattern. Audiences can use their bodies to manipulate
the graphics of the piece creating a series of shapes. With additional support from High
Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.
● A-BIT IMMERSIVE by Imagination (UK), Imagination Building, Store Street:
Imagination will transform the façade of the company’s distinctive building with a work
that allows audiences to explore the nooks and crannies of its architecture with their
own physical movement. A wave or a jump down below will see effects translated into
spectacular lighting effects above. In an age increasingly dominated by isolated
screen-based activity, Imagination take the newest digital technology and invite us all to
share in a collective creative act.
Cosmoscope by Simeon Nelson (UK), Store Street: A team of artists and scientists
led by Simeon Nelson and including academics from UCL, University of Oxford and
Durham University are behind this bold new commission supported by Wellcome. Taking
inspiration from science, from the microscopic cell to the beating of the human heart
and through to the rhythm of the cosmos, Cosmoscope is accompanied by a stunning
soundscape. Check visitlondon.com/lumiere for times of guided visits with the artists.
WESTMINSTER & VICTORIA
● The Rose by Mick Stephenson with Electric Pedals (UK), Westminster Cathedral
Piazza: A rose window with a difference, this work is made from thousands of recycled
plastic bottles transformed into beautiful illuminated art, lit by the power produced by
members of the public pedalling on stationary bicycles.
● The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2 by Patrice Warrener (France) at Westminster
Abbey: French digital artist Patrice Warrener returns to present the second instalment of
The Light of the Spirit for Westminster Abbey. Building upon this 2016 commission to
articulate elements on the West Front, which gave the impression of a painted facade,
for 2018 Warrener will incorporate more of this landmark building, illuminating the
sculptural details in his distinctive polychromatic style.
● Echelle by Ron Haselden (France / UK), St Martin-in-the-Fields: In a quiet corner of
the bustling city, a pink neon ladder shines brightly, offering a fantasy escape route.
Dreamlike, it disappears into the ether above like a glowing stairway to heaven. Supported by The Baring Foundation.
● Asalto London by Daniel Canogar (Spain), Westminster City Hall (viewed from
Wilcox Place): An extraordinary sight, Asalto London is part-public intervention and
part-video installation by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar who specialises in site-specific
public art projects. The old Westminster City Hall will be “invaded” by Westminster
residents and workers as they appear to slowly ‘climb’ up the building one after the
other and eventually reach the top.
● Child Hood by Collectif Coin (France), Trafalgar Square: Child Hood is composed of
a canopy of luminous spheres, that sail above the audience. A minimal but monumental
kinetic artwork, it fills Trafalgar Square with light. Watch as the wind moves through the
installation. Coproduced by La Casemate and sponsored by Zumtobel Group.
SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO
● The Light on Their Feet: Footfalls for Rambert by David Ward (UK), Rambert
Building: Inspired by one of Edgar Degas’ sculptures of a dancer, Artist David Ward has
photographed the soles of the feet of each of Rambert’s company of international
dancers for this artwork on the South Bank. The photographs form the basis of a series
of images that fade slowly into visibility and then out as they ‘dance’ across Rambert’s
RIBA-award winning building.
● The Wave by Vertigo (Denmark), Queen Elizabeth Walkway: Consisting of forty
triangular and glowing sound gates standing over three metres tall and creating a path of
over 80 metres long, The Wave will become a beacon of light along South Bank.
Audiences will co-create the experience as the gates respond to movements both
sonically and visually, constantly changing across four nights. Sponsored by Canon.
● Thames Pulse by Jason Bruges (UK), Mondrian Hotel : Thames Pulse reflects the
river’s health, in real time, on the iconic Sea Containers building on the South Bank. The
lighting project was devised the to help raise awareness about the condition of the
Thames and to support Thames21 in its mission to protect it and other London rivers.
Jason Bruges Studio was enlisted to create a dynamic artwork for the façade of the
Mondrian Hotel that represents the water quality. Data from the Thames is read daily to
monitor the condition of the river in central London and this will inform the visualisations
displayed on the river-facing façade. Sponsored by Mondrian Hotel London.
● Bough 1 by Simon Corder (UK), Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf: Vivid tubes of
fluorescent light grow up the facade of Oxo Tower Wharf, climbing like ivy. Bough 1 is
the first in a series of projects by Corder, with others installed in Mayfair as part of
Lumiere London 2018 and in Glasgow. With additional support from Coin Street
● Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) by David Batchelor (UK), Hayward Gallery,
Southbank Centre: This colourful new commission transforms the newly restored
Hayward Gallery roof into a chromatic clock. Flooded with dramatic colour, the gallery’s
unique pyramid rooflights move gradually through the entire visible chromatic spectrum
every 60 minutes. The work is part of Batchelor’s ongoing exploration of the intense,
synthetic colour that characterises modern cities, and the ways in which we respond to
colour in our advanced technological age. Celebrating and illuminating the iconic architecture of Hayward Gallery, this ambitious commission also provides a countdown to the reopening of the building later this month.
● Raspberry Ripple by Tony Heaton (UK), Southbank Centre: Projected in pink neon
and in playful typescript, Raspberry Ripple can be superficially read as a fun image.
However, the work by sculptor and performance artist, Tony Heaton, renowned for
weaving disability issues into his work, has hidden depths and may also be seen as
subversive and political.
● Eye Love London, Coca-Cola London Eye: The UK’s number one visitor attraction for
over a decade, see this iconic structure light up the South Bank with a striking dynamic
display, custom-designed for Lumiere London.
● OSC-L by Ulf Langheinrich (Germany), National Theatre Flytower: Digital artist, Ulf
Langheinrich will present OSC-L for Lumiere London 2018. The projected work will
transform the National Theatre fly tower into a glowing monument that will stand out as a
transcendent beacon along South Bank’s skyline. Designed to react with the brutalist
design of Denys Lasdun’s building, OSC-L will both animate and liquify the appearance
of the hard concrete shape of the National Theatre.
● Ruby, Santiago by Emma Allen (UK) and Adam: Grey Matters by Emma Allen and
Daisy Thompson-Lake (UK), triptych of work in Leake Street, underneath Waterloo
Station: Emma Allen, a multidisciplinary artist based between Sri Lanka and London,
uses her own face as a living canvas to explore ideas of rebirth and renewal. Through
750 photographs Ruby sees her painted face transform from a skull into a sky full of
shooting stars, while Santiago traces the history of humankind mapped out from the
single cell origin of life to a digitally enhanced and technologically defined future. Adam:
Grey Matters is a new animated portrait that seeks to remove the social stigma
accompanying mental health issues by creating artistic impressions of the underlying
neurobiological processes of depression. Sponsored by LCR and We Are Waterloo.
ACROSS VARIOUS LOCATIONS:
● The Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou (UK), Mayfair, Regent Street, Piccadilly,
Fitzrovia and Victoria, with a special rehearsal performance at Bloomberg Arcade
in the City on Wednesday 17th January: The Umbrella Project is a choreographed
performance piece using LED umbrellas. Bristol-based Cirque Bijou will work with
community groups in Redbridge, Greenwich, Lambeth and Waltham Forest through a
series of choreography and performance workshops to create glowingly beautiful
artworks that will pop-up along Piccadilly, Regent Street, Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Victoria.
● Bottle Festoon ( UK) across various locations: Installations of chandeliers made from
recycled plastic bottles, with the participation of community groups from the London
Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, also supported by
Veolia and the Croydon Partnership (Hammerson and Westfield) and exhibited in
locations in King’s Cross (Bagley’s Walk), Fitzrovia and Mayfair (Brown Hart Gardens).
Bottle Festoon will go on to be part of a one-day light festival taking place on Thornton
Heath following Lumiere London at the end of January. Sponsored by Veolia.
Lumiere was created by Artichoke in Durham in 2009, and took place again in 2011, 2013 and 2015, commissioned by Durham County Council. In 2013, Artichoke produced Lumiere in Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture. In January 2016, the company staged the first Lumiere London, supported by the Mayor of London, attracting audiences of over 1 million over four nights. http://www.lumiere-festival.com