Wuppertal
Project public preposition
MetaLicht
Year 2012
Institution Bergische Universität Wuppertal /DE
Place Bergische Universität Wuppertal /DE
Curator Lambert T. Koch, Roland Kischkel
Technique 760 m LED lights by company Zumtobel, DMX controller, 7600 watt (10 watts / meter), three small wind turbines of type AeroviS T7 with vertical rotors
Technische Realisierung / Technical Realization: Elektro Decker GmbH
Thanks Maximilian Ahr, Christian Boros, Robert Böse, Johannes Bunsch, Flora Carlhoff, Matei Chihaia, Inka Christmann, Tony Cragg, Pyrolator / Kurt Dahlke, Thomas Decker, Janine Dietz, Andreas Feicht, Rainer Friedrich, Matthias Haschke, Katja Indorf, Lore Jackstädt, Sebastian Jarych, René Jeuckens, Axel Jütz, Marc Kanzler, Rolf Kanzler, Jörg Mittelsten Scheid, Matthias Nocke, Eva Noll, Arnold Pietruschka, Kai-Uwe Pirweck, Rolf-Peter Rosenthal, Leonie Schäfer, Michael Scheffel, Johanna Scheider, Heinz Schmersal, Uwe Schneidewind, Susanne Schwalm, Waldemar Staszek, Reiner Strecker, Dieter Szewczyk, Peter Vaupel, Elena Vasilieva, Maren Wagner, Michael Weber, Reto Weiler
Photographer Norbert Ausfeld, Pulheim /DE
Janine Dietz, Wuppertal /DE
Sebastian Jarych, Wuppertal /DE
Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf /DE
Supported by Dr. Werner Jackstädt-Stiftung, Fa. K. A. Schmersal GmbH, Boros GmbH, Fa. Vorwerk & Co. KG, WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke GmbH, Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal, Wuppertal /DE

MetaLicht, Wuppertal, 2012

Universities shape their social, cultural, and economic surroundings and act as engines of civil development. For the 40th anniversary of the University of Wuppertal, Kuball’s permanent light installation on the university’s complex visualizes fundamental aspects of the integration of the college and its location. Like a castle, the functional concrete architecture is enthroned above the city and becomes a carrier of an abstract symbol system of vertical and horizontal stripes of light which sporadically form right angles, in a search for dialogue with its surroundings. With 6,000 possible variations and numerous perspectives the illuminated messages are subject to constant evolution and alteration, similar to language and cultural systems. The significance of the university as a place of knowledge, research, and modern technologies is also underpinned by the green electricity powering the installation from regional wind turbines. (JO)

Publication

  • 2015: MetaLicht, Mischa Kuball, hrsg. von / ed. by Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Whiel.

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