On the 16th of May 2018, we celebrated the International Day of Light in Athens. That was almost a month ago and it is time to share my reflections and gratitude to all these people who participated and accompanied me on this journey.
Organising and curating an event from A to Z, was a dream that came true. I feel very grateful for many reasons and I would like to mention some of them. Firstly, the valuable knowledge and the wide variety of emotions that I gained during this 3 months journey. From passion to stress, from stress to fear, from fear to hard work, from hard work to excitement, from excitement to inspiration, and so on!!! I have been very fortunate to work with such a great team sharing the same vision and passion. It is wonderful to work with a team that you trust and get inspired. On that point, I want to express my deep gratitude to my colleague Panos Katramadakis for organizing and curating “Contrast in Light” event together. On the same context, I would like to express how thankful I am to Anna Sbokou, a wonderful person, who trusted us and supported us with her knowledge and experience. Anna is a professional Architectural Lighting Designer based in Athens and London and you can check her amazing work here.
Getting support from professionals like Anna, feeling their excitement and willingness to share and inspire the next generation is something that I will never forget.
Congratulations to all these people who want to motivate and inspire others!
Finally, I am grateful for all the feedback that we get from the visitors, the speakers, our sponsor and every person who took part in the event. Almost 150 people with diverse backgrounds decided to dedicate 5 hours and join us, in order to celebrate the International Day of Light. Personally, the biggest success of the event was that everybody left the room with new ideas, inspiration, and knowledge.
A huge thank you goes to our speakers: Eliza Alexandropoulou, Konstantinos-Alketas Oungrinis, Anna Sbokou, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, to our dancing performance designers: Eleana Dimopoulou, Qvo Vadis dance company, to our special guests: Light Collective (Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton) and their sponsor Citizen represented by Atsuro Ijichi to our supporter: IALD International Association of Lighting Designers, to our sponsor: ELECTRON- ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝ ΑΒΕΕ, to the venue of the event: BIOS Exploring urban culture and their technicians, to our photographer: Vasia Katramadaki and to every single person who supported us during this project.
More about the event:
Due to the International Day of Light on May 16th, recognized by UNESCO, a young architect and a young lighting designer, driven by their love and passion for light, decided to organize a lighting event with talks, dancing performances and screenings. The event targeted at the Greek Lighting designer community, Architects, and Photographers as well as everybody else who is interested in light. Their ultimate goal was to connect and inspire creative people from different disciplines, through an event concerning light and contrast and the different ways that it could be interpreted.
People who work with and use light in completely different ways, uncover some of its countless aspects through their presentations. An Architectural Lighting Designer, an Architect, a Stage Lighting Designer and a Photographer presented how they are using light as a tool in their projects as well as how light plays a vital role in the creation process. In the end, the professionals who are working with light and the audience who took part on the event, acquired knowledge about light as a medium, got inspired and had the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with the speakers.
The event was sponsored by ELECTRON SA – ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝ ΑΒΕΕ – Lighting, Audio, LEDs and supported by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)
Our first dance performance was called “SISYPHUS” created by Eleana Dimopoulou and performed by Ariadni Ntinopoulou
Our first speaker was Eliza Alexandropoulou (Stage Lighting Designer). The title of Eliza Alexandropoulou’s presentation was: “From daylight to blackout”
Our second speaker was Konstantinos-Alketas Oungrinis. Associate Professor, School of Architectural Engineering Architectural Design and Innovative Architectural Technologies. The title of Kostantinos Oungrinis’ presentation was: “Spatial effects of Light as instigators of Atmosphere and Emotions”
Our third speaker was Anna Sbokou. ASlight Founder, Architectural Lighting Designer. The title of Anna Sbokou’s presentation was: “ON/OFF”
Our fourth speaker was Yiorgis Yerolymbos. Photographer-Architect Phd. The title of Yiorgis Yerolymbos’ presentation was: “ Photography: Light and Silence” (yerolymbos.com)
Our second dancing performance was called “3το πρωί / 3in the morning” by Qvo Vadis, https://www.facebook.com/quovadisdancecompany/
Last but not least, Light Collective (Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton), came to Athens to present their documentary”The Perfect Light” sponsored by Citizen. https://lightcollective.net/