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An Entirely Different Kingdom: Light, Night and the City

The Battery, New York, NY. Tillett Lighting Design Associates

A lecture by Linnaea Tillett


New York-based lighting designer Linnaea Tillett, founder and principal of the award-winning firm Tillett Lighting Design Associates, will give a public lecture and participate in a curated conversation about designing for the night. A workshop will follow in which participants map relationships between light, darkness, and the city.

Dr. Linnaea Tillett has worked with some of the world’s foremost architects and artists on lighting designs for public, private, and museal spaces. Her firm’s approach is informed by her research in environmental psychology, and her respect for the delicate ecology of the night, which includes many light-sensitive flora and fauna. While responding to human need for illumination, her firm takes the stance that, when lighting the night, less is poetically, environmentally, and emotionally, more.

Following Tillett's presentation, Carmela Cucuzzella (Design and Computation Arts), Cynthia Hammond (Art History), and Shauna Janssen (Theatre) will lead a curated conversation with Tillett about her approach, and her design philosophy. We will then engage in a hands-on mapping session in which participants draw their own relationships to darkness, light, and the city. All are welcome.

Presented with the kind support of: The Networked Art Histories Research Project; the Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology, And Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE); The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture; The Institute for Urban Futures; the Departments of Art History, Design and Computation Arts, and Theatre, Concordia University; and in association with L.E.A.P. (Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle).

Organized by Cynthia Hammond, Department of Art History.


Friday, November 18, 2016
1:30 - 3:30pm
Engineering/Visual Arts Pavilion, room EV 7.735
Concordia University, 1515 Ste-Catherine St. W.


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