Local Position
Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash
United States

Using light as the primary element, Luftwerk has spent more than a decade producing site-specific interventions in response to architecture and public spaces. Petra Bachmaier will discuss  the evolution of Luftwerk’s practice of locating context, history, and embedded information at a site. With new projects situated in an increasingly global context this talk offers a perspective on the micro and macro approaches to engaging with site as contemporary artists.

Light, color and sound are primary elements in work by Luftwerk – the artistic collaborative of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Luftwerk´s art installations use light to transform experiences of space and site. With immersive artwork at venues such as Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania, Mies van der Rohes “Farnsworth House” in Illinois, Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, to name a few, their work blends history and contemporary media to open new aesthetic conversations within public spaces.

Luftwerk takes an interdisciplinary approach, experimenting with a spectrum of materials and techniques to advance their artistic medium. Their work intends to shift viewer’s perceptions of space and site through light, color and sound opening new conversations by inviting the public to experience the familiar transformed.