The minimalist light installation Transmission by Serge Schoemaker Architects is currently on display at Westerdok in Amsterdam as part of the seventh edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. This floating light installation consists of nineteen ‘lines’ of Plexiglas that respond architecturally to the festival theme.

Seen from a distance, the installation looks like a gigantic light wave moving from the dock towards the water of the IJ. The scale of the piece, which half floats above the water, makes it possible to walk and sail beneath the installation. Thanks to its slender components, the 600-kilogram installation looks extremely light.

The light passing through the piece turns the installation into a dynamic architectural structure. Owing to the changing composition of illuminated lines, the work looks different from every angle. As you pass beneath the installation, you experience the 20-metre-long Plexiglas structure as a transparent canopy.

Through its form, Transmission thematises the endless flow of digital messages that ‘surge’ through the ether. In this way the work responds to the theme of this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival, the famous words of philosopher Marshall McLuhan: The medium is the message.

The minimalist construction of the work refers to the abstract coding that facilitates the transmission of digital messages. Similarly, this light installation is in essence a simple bar code, though expressive and multidimensional in appearance.

Transmission is on display at Westerdok until 20 January.


Location: Amsterdam, Nederland
Client: Amsterdam Light Festival
Year: 2018
Status: Completed
Team: Serge Schoemaker, Alexander Beeloo, Sanne Knoll; Axelle Pavero
Photography: MWA Hart Nibbrig

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