The Centre for International Light Art in the city of Unna gathers the most important international compositions of light art are brought together. Every single light art installation was specifically created for the museum and wandering through the labyrinth-like vaulted rooms one encounters works by James Turrell, Christian Boltanski, Ólafur Eliasson, Rebecca Horn, Joseph Kosuth, Mario Merz, Francois Morellet, Keith Sonnier and many more.

The foundation of the museum, which was established in 2001, is that all works of light art must be able to dominate the rooms in which they are exhibited. The same foundation also created the first International Light Art Award 2015 (ILAA), which focuses on various kinds of civic involvement and contributes to a comprehensive social understanding of energy with its projects.

The Light Art Award’s Objectives

The Centre for International Light Art’s principal aim is to provide emerging talents with a platform through the award and an accompanying exhibition. The prize endorses artists who face the challenges of this young genre and are dedicated to developing light art in innovative and creative ways.

In the same way, the ILAA showcases the great potential of young light artists in a unique way and contributes to drawing more attention to this dynamic form of contemporary art.


2015 finalists

From a total of 29 nominees, the ILAA jury selected the following candidates as finalists for the INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART AWARD 2015:

–    Martin Hesselmeier & Andreas Muxel (DE / A)
–    Iván Navarro (USA)
–    Dirk Vollenbroich (DE)

The finalists realized their concepts and built their installations at the Centre for International Light Art Unna, where they will be exhibited until the end of June 2015. The overall winner, which will be nominated in September, will be awarded a sum of 10.000 Euro.


One of the finalist projects

weight of light (in the photo)is a project by Martin Hesselmeier & Andreas Muxel where light receives gravity. Light, as we usually interpret it, is an element without mass and gravity. For weight of light forces are mapped to moving light particles responding to the physics we know from reality. Through the use of Newton’s laws of motion a fictional space is created.
For weight of light a physics engine simulates the kinetic forces of a moving object. This mass is projected on a wave shaped structure in virtual space. The moving object is represented as a light particle in physical space. Gravity, mass, density and friction affect velocity and acceleration of these light particles.
Each moving light particle is underlined by an auditive representation in the range of low frequencies.
weight of light plays with our sense of reality by continually causing us to perceive and experience a fictional space of light, gravity and sound.