Light Gig

LantarenVenster, Rotterdam 2013

On a large wall alongside the entrance to LantarenVenster a drawing of horses at full gallop is created in lines of light. The horses are never seen in their entirety, but light up fragmentarily in hasty sketch form. The work refers to the rich history of the representation of running horses: from the earliest cave paintings, through Muybridge’s photographic series and the Western as a film genre right up to advertisements and billboards seen in contemporary urban space. The drawing’s touch is based on the scratches in celluloid so typical of early films.
Founded in 1949, LantarenVenster has a long history as an avant-garde theatre for film, dance, music and drama. When moving from the disorderly streets of the city center to a new, much more metropolitan location at Wilhemnina dock (where the Holland-America Line used to have its headquarters and which later became the symbol of emigration to the New World) in 2010, and concentrating its program on arthouse movies and jazz music, LantarenVenster commissioned a multimedia artwork for the foyer as well as for the venue’s projection onto the street outside. Recalling jazzy rhythms and city buzz, Light Gig can be seen from the inside as well as from the outside, and aims to preserve some of the venue’s rich history while responding equally energetically to the new location.

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Dim. 21 x 7.5 m
Wood, 300 white LED strips of various lengths, microprocessor


Client: CBK Rotterdam
Production: Invent Design, Gielissen, Bart-Jan Hooft
Animation: Bram Verhavert
Photography/video: Jannes Linders
Video editing: Andrei Tchernikov


Light Gig
Sandra Smets / 2013