10 reasons to take part of TAVA2018 workshops: Interactive Light

For the ancient Egyptians the light represented the gaze of God. For the ancient Greeks, light was perceived as the inner fire whose ethereal spark gave us sight. In modern times, light enters the world of quantum physics, lighting design, digital technology etc. But, it’s not only about spirituality, science or just luminaires. Due to its interactive nature, light can be responsive to various actions, like proximity, temperature, touch and much more.

Tartu in Light | TAVA2018 festival offers an opportunity to explore this. 

Connecting the dots at TAVA2016 interactive light workshop. Photo: Annika Haas

Workshop heads Varvara&Mar outlined 10 reasons why you should participate in the interactive light workshop:

  1. You never thought that light can have many faces? We will open your eyes about light.
  2. You have never thought that light can be manipulative and played with? Here you can make your first steps.
  3. There is only one kind of light? Not quite so! Come to experience with us.
  4. Lamps and the sun are the only sources of light and there is no interactivity between? Well, that’s wrong again! Come and discover about interactivity of light.
  5. You don’t believe in light? Well, sorry, but you will miss the feeling how light induces new knowledge and skills.
  6. It’s too hard to use light as a medium for artistic expression? Stop complaining and be contemporary – art and light are like twins!
  7. All the software for light and interactivity are not for me? No-no, you have to learn how easy it is to work with Arduino.
  8. Computer code is not creative enough? Well, Varvara&Mar will teach you how to use computer coding creatively!
  9. Digital light art, what the heck is that? Well, where have you been living? There is a full world of digital light art. Open the door and explore IT!
  10. No time? Come on, there will not be a better time for You, believe us! Best teachers/professional artists and interdisciplinary festival help you to discover new experiences and combined skills.
Discovering Arduino at TAVA2016 interactive light workshop. Photo: Annika Haas

The interactive light workshop will take place on the 27th of October 2018 in Tartu. It aims to introduce how to control the color of RGB LED strip with open source microcontroller Arduino. Various sensors will be used in order to demonstrate how to achieve the interactivity. Take a laptop with pre-installed Arduino software, which is open source. All other components will be provided. 

Read more and register here!

The workshop heads are Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet who have been working together as an artist duo since 2009. They have exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals. Read more about them here.

If the workshops are too much but the topic seems interesting, then make sure to get your tickets for TAVA2018 international Lighting Design and Light Art Conference (25.-26.10) and/or save the dates (25.-28.10) to experience the open-air Lightpath installations in Tartu Old Town.

To get a glimpse of what is going on in the lighting design world, make sure to check out IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers) Reflections newsletter (and notice TAVA in the last 3 issues). Stay tuned for TAVA2018 wavelength!