Sneak​ ​preview​ ​of​ ​Lumiere​ ​London,​ ​18th​ ​-​ ​21st​ ​January​ ​2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hailed the upcoming Lumiere London as one  of the most spectacular free events to ever take place in the capital, as producers  Artichoke reveal ten of the artworks coming to London for the UK’s largest light festival.   

The newly-revealed works include:  

● Interactive illuminated singing see-saws in South Molton Street in Mayfair 

● An immersive work that imagines a world under water at King’s Cross 

● A meditation on time from the Industrial Revolution to the present day projected onto the iconic Hotel Café Royal building on Regent Street 

● Flamingos flying through Chinatown London 

● A triptych of animated self-portraits in Leake Street 

● Matisse-inspired animation dancing across the facade of the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly  

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The incredible line-up of artworks  announced today gives a flavour of what an amazing and international festival  Lumiere London 2018 will be. Even bigger, brighter and bolder than its inaugural  event, we will see some show-stopping installations reimagining London’s iconic  architecture and streets.  “I’m also delighted that this year we are organising community projects in outer  London boroughs to ensure that as many Londoners as possible can get involved  with this world-class event. Festivals like this showcase London at its international,  creative and open best.” 

Commissioned by the Mayor of London, and produced by arts charity Artichoke,  Lumiere London is the capital’s largest art event and is free to attend, receiving  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 Wellcome, The Fitzrovia Partnership and the Victoria, South  Bank and Waterloo BIDs, Cain International, Marriott and Universal Music.

Following the spectacular success of the first Lumiere London in January 2016,  which saw 1.3 million visits over the four nights and a visitor spend of £22m, the  nocturnal festival is designed to lift the spirits in the darkest days of winter and show the city in a new light.

More than 40 artworks made using the medium of light, will explore the city’s most iconic buildings, landscape and architecture. The festival  features artists from across the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and  Canada amongst others. Bigger, brighter and bolder, the second edition of Lumiere London extends from  North to South across the River Thames through six areas: King’s Cross, Fitzrovia,  London’s West End (including Carnaby, Chinatown London, Leicester Square,  Mayfair, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, St James’s, St  James’s Square, St James’s Market and Seven Dials), Westminster & Victoria, and  Southbank & Waterloo.   

Londoners will also have the opportunity to take part in the creation of a number of  festival artworks. The London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Redbridge and  Waltham Forest will be supporting a programme of community activities to help  produce a series of choreography and performance workshops to create the  glowingly beautiful Umbrella Project by Bristol-based Cirque Bijou, roaming  artworks that will pop-up in Piccadilly and Fitzrovia locations during the festival.  They will also help create Bottle  Festoon, installations of shimmering chandeliers  made from recycled plastic bottles. 

Bottle Festoon will also be supported in Croydon, by The Croydon Partnership, as  part of a one-day light festival taking place on Thornton Heath following Lumiere London at the end of January. The Thornton Heath light festival will also give  Londoners a further opportunity to see a version of Leicester Square’s extraordinary  Nightlife commission, created by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company for  Leicester Square Gardens, which celebrates the wonders of the natural world, creating a wild space in the heart of the city. Lanterns from this work will transfer to  the Thornton Heath light festival, supported by London Borough of Croydon.   

The latest works to be revealed are:     

● Voyage by Camille Gross & Leslie Epzstein (France), Hotel Café Royal,  Regent Street: Located in the heart of London’s West End, Voyage is  inspired by our physical journey through time and space: from the Industrial  Revolution, through the Belle Epoque, arriving at the present day. It is  characterised by the immediate and frantic speed of travel, all measured by  the rhythmic movement of a giant illuminated clock and projected onto the  facade of the Hotel Café Royal building on Regent Street.    

● Ruby, Santiago by Emma Allen (UK) and Adam: Grey Matters by Emma  Allen and Daisy Thompson-Lake, 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.  Supported by LCR and We are Waterloo. 

 ● Waterlicht  by Daan Roosegaarde (Netherlands), King’s Cross: 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: Can we build floating cities? How  much power can we generate from the movement of water? For a fully  immersive experience the public are encouraged to use their mobile devices  and headphones to tune into the accompanying soundtrack. Supported by  The Royal Netherlands Embassy.   

● Cosmoscope  by Simeon Nelson (UK), Store Street Crescent: 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.    

● Northern Lights  by Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Sweden), Grosvenor  Square, Mayfair: Inspired by the enthralling experience of viewing the 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. The installation will interact with the surrounding environment, moving and  dancing across the space and, just like the lights of the aurora borealis, the  flow of movements will take audiences by surprise, vanishing and suddenly  reappearing unpredictably. In collaboration with Light Art Collection, part of  the Amsterdam Light Festival.  
● Love Motion by Rhys Coren (UK), Royal Academy of Arts, 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 completed 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, clasping each other in romantic embrace.  Accompanied by a moving and original soundtrack Love Motion will present  a joyful burst of simple pleasure on a cold, dark wintery night. 
● Supercube by Stéphane Masson (France), St James’s Market, St  James’s: 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 one of  Masson’s multi-coloured jars. His previous works include The Aquarium Car  (La Voiture Aquarium),Kissing Lamps (Les Lampadiares a Bisous) and  interactive video recording The Box of Words. 
● Impulse by Lateral Office & CS Design (Canada), South Molton Street,  Mayfair: 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. Situated on South Molton  Street, just off Oxford Street, the installation creates an intimate space for  imaginative play where adults and children alike can experiment to create  harmonic patterns through collective movement. 
● Flamingo Flyway

by Lantern Company (UK), Chinatown London: 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 at the heart of London’s West End.  
● The Umbrella Project  by Cirque Bijou (UK), Piccadilly, Fitzrovia and  King’s Cross: This year’s festival will ensure that all Londoners are included  in the fun through a series community participation projects that will engage  residents in several Outer London Boroughs. The  Umbrella  Project is a choreographed performance piece using LED umbrellas by Bristol-based  Cirque Bijou. 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 in Piccadilly and Fitzrovia.  

● 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 the Croydon Partnership and exhibited in  locations in King’s Cross, Fitzrovia and Mayfair.  

 Helen Marriage, Artichoke CEO and Lumiere London Artistic Director, said: “It’s  exciting and unusual to be working at this scale and Lumiere London is more than a  light festival. It’s an exploration of the city by artists and audiences that transforms  our public spaces from King’s Cross to the Southbank via London’s West End,  Mayfair, Victoria and Waterloo. From the playful to the thought-provoking, the  artistic programme will present our city to the world as a public gallery without walls."    

Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London and Partners, said: “The range of  international artists involved in Lumiere London highlights London’s status as a  vibrant and multi-cultural city buzzing with creative energy. We are looking forward  to welcoming visitors to explore some of London's more and less familiar  landmarks and neighbourhoods in a totally new light.” 

Ben Stephenson, CEO of WeAreWaterloo, said:  “We are delighted to host some  spectacular Lumiere installations in the South Bank and Waterloo, including Emma  Allen’s work in Leake Street under Waterloo Station. The ever-changing street art in  the tunnel provides the perfect backdrop for Emma’s stunning animated portraits,  and is a great place to start or end your Lumiere journey.” 

Councillor Nickie Aiken, Chair of the West End Partnership said: “Lumiere  London puts a global spotlight on London’s West End, an unrivalled visitor  destination and the beating heart of the capital, attracting international visitors from  China, the US, Europe and beyond to explore the West End’s spectacular light  displays. 

“From the iconic Leicester Square to Mount Street Gardens and St James’s Market,  we will be illuminating hidden gems, globally renowned streets and iconic landmarks  this January.  “We look forward to welcoming people from across the UK and around the world to  this stunning festival of light and hope they stay to explore the extraordinary centre  of culture, entertainment, dining, hospitality and retail that is the West End.”  Anna Strongman, Partner, Argent (King’s Cross), said:

“We are delighted to be  taking part in Lumiere London once again and looking forward to seeing King’s  Cross transformed into a canvas of colour and light. Visitors to this year’s show will  be able to enjoy a vibrant mix of shops, bars and restaurants including all of our new  retailers on King’s Boulevard, whilst exploring the installations which have been  designed to complement the mix of new and restored spaces and places  transformed over the last 10 years. We look forward to welcoming old friends and  new visitors to King’s Cross during the festival.”  Lee Lyons, Chief Operating Officer, The Fitzrovia Partnership, said: “The  collaboration between art and science represents the wider community in Fitzrovia and brings with it a unique piece of artwork for our first year’s involvement in  Lumiere”. 

Works already announced for the 2018 Lumiere London programme:   

● The  Light of the Spirit 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. Supported by Victoria BID.   

● Aether by Architecture Social Club (UK) & Max Cooper (UK), King’s  Cross: The British collective of designers, architects, technicians and poets,  Architecture Social Club, will present an emotive and powerful audio-visual  work for the festival 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 experience.   

● OSC-L  by Ulf Langheinrich (Germany) at The National Theatre: 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.    

● Bough 3 by Simon Corder (UK), 17-22 South Audley Street, Mayfair:  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  will be the third in a series of  Bough projects by Corder, previously installed in Glasgow and at Oxo Tower  Wharf. Supported by Cain International.   

● NIGHTLIFE by the Lantern Company (UK) in Leicester Square Gardens:  Lead artist Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company will transform Leicester  Square Gardens into an evocative illuminated world, bringing a sense of the  wild into the heart of the city. Populated by a host of curious nocturnal  creatures in a luminous secret garden, the installation plays with the tension  between wild spaces and urban city life.

A world away from the hustle and  bustle of the capital, this busy, central area will become a space for quiet  reflection and a gathering place to celebrate the beautiful and wild.     Artichoke is working with Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for  London, to recruit around 300 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, sign up here:    The full programme will be revealed in January 2018.   

Further details about Lumiere London 2018 are available at:  #LumiereLDN @ArtichokeTrust   




Notes to Editors

About Lumiere 

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.   

About Artichoke  

Producers of extraordinary live events, Artichoke is one of the country’s leading  creative companies and is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England.     At Artichoke, we use art to undermine the mundane and disrupt the everyday, and  create a new kind of world that we’d all like to live in.   

Our previous projects include Royal de Luxe’s The  Sultan’s  Elephant, which brought  an estimated one million people onto the streets of London in 2006; La  Machine’s  50-foot high mechanical spider for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations in  2008; Antony Gormley’s OneOther 100-day-long invasion of the Fourth Plinth in  Trafalgar Square in London in 2009; and Deborah Warner’s commission for the  London 2012 Festival with Fiona Shaw, Peace Camp, a nationwide celebration of  landscape and poetry, which took place across eight separate sites around the UK;  Temple  by David Best in Derry~Londonderry, attended by more than 75,000 people;  and London’s Burning, a festival to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the  Great Fire of London in September 2016.

Artichoke creates and produces Lumiere,  the UK’s largest light festival, which has been staged in Durham every two years  since 2009; in Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland as part of the celebrations for  City of Culture 2013, and in London for the first time in January 2016.    

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