LINA GHOTMEH

Light in Water Installation

Lina Ghotmeh Light in Water Installation

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For its first event of 2015, Éléphant Paname, the new Art and Dance Centre in the heart of Paris, presents an exhibition/exploration certain to inspire a range of both emotional and sensory responses. The event is orchestrated by a British creative agency who look to break down frontiers between art, design, architecture, technology and industry, with light as the shared asset. From 6 March to 31 May 2015, visitors were invited to take part in a journey of discovery, interacting with a group of breathtaking, dazzling, captivating and meditative installations, some of them never exhibited before anywhere in the world, by ten internationally renowned creative individuals and teams.

‘Light in Water’ is a site-specific installation intended to provide an immersive and emotional experience. It was previously presented at Milan Design Week 2011. The installation took advantage of the uniaue status of the venue – one of the oldest concrete domes in Paris. The installation was thus adapted to the circular form of the space, defining the inner sanctuary as a ‘place to be’ and an outer area as a space for a bystander. There are sixteen rings of slotted tubes on the ceiling. From each hole, 60 drops of water fall every minute; in total 3 tons of water circulate in the space. The LED lights vibrate between on and off, with frequencies ranging from the shortest interval possible, at 7μs, allowing the viewer to materialise a point of light in water, up to 6000μs, where light becomes the line of water.

Through this magical materialization, the installation emphasized the shared, essential qualities of light and water, the two engines of evolution.
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If we had to choose one word to describe Lina Ghotmeh’s personality and vision it would have to be: Humanist.

Born in Beirut in 1980’s, Lina Ghotmeh grew up in this ancient cosmopolitan city marked by the scars of the Lebanese civil war. Although she wanted to become an archaeologist, Lina carried out her architectural studies at the American University of Beirut, where she looked at the notions of memory, space and landscape through her own methodology entitled “Archeology of the future.” After graduating and being awarded both the Azar and Areen prizes. Lina pursues her education at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris where she takes on a teaching role as an Associate Professor between 2008 and 2015.

In 2005, while working in London and collaborating with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners, she wins the international competition for the design of the National Estonian Museum. After this victory, she co-founded her first agency DGT Architects in Paris and lead with her two partners Dorell and Tane the realization of the large scale project of the National Museum. Acclaimed unanimously by the international press and having won prestigious awards (Grand prix Afex 2016; nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Award 2017), the museum became the symbol for an avant-guardist architecture, combining pertinence and subtlety.

All of Lina Ghotmeh’s proposals are testimonies to her visionary approach and sensible twist on architecture – notably in projects like: Réalimenter Masséna (laureate of the competition ‘Réinventer Paris’) or even the development of Stone Garden in Beirut.

Thanks to her multicultural experiences but also her engagement in the challenges of our time, she is regularly invited to speak at conferences, take part in juries and workshops in France and abroad.

Brilliant in the complex simplicity of her approach, Lina Ghotmeh’s practice represents the promising forms of tomorrow’s Architecture.

She has been honored by multiple prizes including the AJAP prize in 2008 and the DEJEAN prize by the Architecture Academy in 2016.
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Pour son premier événement de 2015, Éléphant Paname, le nouveau centre d’art et de danse au cœur de Paris, présente une exposition/exploration certaine d’inspirer émotions et sensations. L’événement est orchestré par une agence créative britannique dont l’approche innovante efface les frontières entre l’art, le design, l’architecture, la technologie et l’industrie, avec la lumière comme lien harmonisant. Du 6 mars au 31 mai 2015, les visiteurs ont été invités à participer à un voyage de découverte, d’éblouissement, à travers des installations captivantes et méditatives, jamais exposées auparavant pour certaines, pensées et réalisées par dix créatifs internationalement renommés et leurs équipes.

« Light in Water » est une installation spécifique à son site dont l’intention est de fournir une expérience immersive et émotionnelle, elle a été précédemment présentée à la Design Week 2011 de Milan.

La présenter dans un monument historique – le plus vieux dôme de Paris – a été une grande occasion.

L’installation a été adaptée à la forme circulaire du dôme, qui définit un espace intérieur comme le lieu de l’expérience et un espace extérieur destiné au le public. Il y a 16 anneaux de tubes encochés sur le plafond et chaque trou fournit 60 gouttes d’eau par seconde – tombant en raison de la gravité ; au total – 3 tonnes d’eau – qui circule dans l’espace.

En 2011, pour l’installation de Milan, le LED « lighting-time control » (ON-time / OFF-time) a été intégré et développé dans la programmation. Le temps-lumière a été poussé pour atteindre l’intervalle le plus court possible, qui est 7 µ S (1 µ S = 1 micro-seconde = le cycle de vie pour la fréquence 1 × 106 hertz). Le but de l’expérience est de visualiser, de matérialiser un point de lumière dans l’eau. Et quand « lighting-time » atteint jusqu’à 6000 µ/s, le point de lumière devient une ligne et ce que nous voyons n’est plus que la lumière du temps dans l’eau.

Cette installation souligne l’importance de la lumière et de l’eau, essences du vivant ; sans aucune lumière et sans eau la vie ne saurait évoluer.
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source:designboomcom
For its opening event of 2015, éléphant paname art and dance center, presents an exhibition of ten internationally renowned creative teams and individuals. Selected for the event, is parisian DGT architects’ ‘Light in water’. the installation was initially presented at milan design week 2011, and has been revamped for exhibition once again.

The site-specific exhibit provides an immersive and emotional experience via a cascading water fall and light show. the work will be presented in the oldest concrete dome in paris, which called for a circular adaptation to be created for the room. sixteen rings of slotted tubes run along the ceiling, filled with holes that individually leak 60 drops of water per second for a total of three tons of water that continually recirculates.

in 2011, DGT developed a LED ‘lighting-time control’ programmed to reach the shortest interval possible–seven microseconds. in doing so, they were able to achieve a visualization and materialization of a single point of light in water, equal to the time it takes a water droplet to fall. the installation is a commentary on the essence of life, and the crucial role that light and water play in our existence. ‘light in water’ will be exhibited from march 6 to may 31st at éléphant paname.