“Light” is a word of great richness, with a multiple and unsuspected history, very diverse according to cultures. It is as much philosophical (the Age of Enlightenment, for example) as it is very concrete (candles, lamps, openings...). It is also an optical phenomenon, as well as a contradictory physical phenomenon (light is both an electromagnetic wave and physical particles). Moreover, light is what gives life, it is the first source of energy of the terrestrial ecosystems.
Light is what makes us see, what makes it possible to make images, vision being in itself only an image-making process. It “prints” on sensitive surfaces, analog or digital, which allow us to reproduce it. And by the way, the Cinematograph was invented by the Lumière (Light) brothers, in 1895!
That’s how central light is, in all respects.
Video capture of a collective creation directed by Benoît Labourdette. Played on March 26, 2016 at the CNSAD (15 minutes).
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