Geometry of Light | Barcelona Pavilion

Geometry of Light is an intervention that generates a global experience envisioned as a contemporary lens for the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

















Geometry of Light is an intervention that generates a global experience envisioned as a contemporary lens for the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, highlighting and expanding upon the architectural and material features of this structure. Using light and sound, Geometry of Light creates a new interpretive layer extending from the primary elements of architecture, including the gridded plan, vertical planes, and materiality.

Focused on the gridded plan of the pavilion, a projected grid of light animates the travertine floor that extends beyond the steel-framed glass walls to accentuate the flowing space as it permeates through the interior and exterior. The way in which light is projected and the spatial situation of sounds enlivens and alters our perception of the essential elements of the Pavilion and its open plan and magnifies the illusion of its physical and material limits.

The animated projections are choreographed to trace, highlight, and alter the composition of the Pavilion to the sound of the custom-designed piece that Oriol Tarragó has created as a direct response to the pitch of the Pavilion to create a comprehensive immersive tonal reading. In this way, together, these elements of light and sound coalesce—both unifying and disjointing the physical and perceptual space—in a new, altered perception and interpretation of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

Geometry of Light was organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and MAS Context within the framework of LLUM BCN and the Festes de Santa Eulàlia.

Following its premiere in Barcelona, Geometry of Light was installed at the Farnsworth House in October 2019 to coincide with the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

About the artistic interventions at the Barcelona Pavilion

The program of artistic interventions with architects and artists began in 1999 with Jeff Wall and continued with Enric Miralles, Dennis Adams, Antoni Muntadas, Iñaki Bonillas, SANAA Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa, Ai Weiwei, Andrés Jaque, Anna & Eugeni Bach, and Domènec among others. They all talk with the Pavilion and generate debates about art, architecture, and culture that are collected in publications.

ArchDaily, “Barcelona Pavilion Transformed into Grid of Lasers by Luftwerk & Iker Gil
ARCHITECT magazine, “A New Installation Covers Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion with a Grid of Laser Lights
Arquine, “La geometría de la luz del Pabellón de Barcelona
Designboom, “Iker Gil and Luftwerk emblazon Barcelona Pavilion with laser grid
Dezeen, “Luftwerk and Iker Gil transform the Barcelona pavilion with ‘Geometry of Light’ installation
Yellowtrace, “Geometry of Light: Barcelona Pavilion lit with laser grid by Luftwerk & Iker Gil

Type: Art Installation
Location: Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona
Conceptual Design: Luftwerk in collaboration with Iker Gil
Organizers: Fundació Mies van der Rohe and MAS Context
Sound Design: Oriol Tarragó
Programming: Andy Kauff
Identity: Normal
Photography: Kate Joyce
Videography: Spirit of Space
Leading Institutional Support: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and Bosch Power Tools – North America
Leading Individual Support: Chuck Thurow
Support: Paola Aguirre, Leslie Bodenstein, Will Forrest, Joanne Gross, Tom Lee, Ann Lui, Jason Pickleman, Craig Reschke, and Tom Rossiter
Year: 2019
Status: Completed


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