In 2018 our festival consisted of 3 elements. We reprised our Town Centre illuminations, creating a playful light filled space in the centre of town. From the upper floors of empty buildings, we used high power spotlights to gamify the high street by dropping changing patterns of pools of white light onto the pedestrian precinct. With permission Dumfries & Galloway Council, we again lit up the iconic, listed Midsteeple clock face with colourful effects projectors and strobe lighting, and used LED colour-change wash lights in window spaces to create interest in buildings otherwise largely held in darkness on their upper floors
D-Lux 2018 took place from Wednesday 24th January until Saturday 27th January with one project ‘Whose Hoose is this? continuing until the 28th April. The festival proceeded as planned with repurposed illuminations in the town centre as we did in 2017 and a new commission from Artist Hannah Fox called ‘Our Moon’
Various. Dumfries High St.
Whose Hoose is This?
Whose Hoose is This?
Hannah Fox and Jason Threlfall created this new light artwork for D-Lux 2018.
Our Moon is a new projected animation piece for Dumfries generated from the facial expressions and stories of Dumfries residents. The ever present but ever changing moon will watch over the town and its people during the Burns Night celebrations this year.
Motion tracking technology was used to digitise the facial movements of a series of volunteers of all ages. Their expressions were then used to animate a computer
generated model and create Our Moon, who will smile, blink, frown and observe…
a friendly, watchful eye over the town centre in Winter 2018.
WHOSE HOOSE IS THIS?
D-Lux secured Whose Hoose’ from Dumfries and Galloway Council via the Stove Network to create a nocturnal video installation for a building in the High Street. This building (locally called The Bakers Oven is part of a project to repopulate the High Street through mixed use development. D-Lux was invited to create a signal that change is coming to this building and the town centre. We created an innovative project where the building is re-imagined as a video jukebox, where visitors to Queensberry square can go online and use their smartphones to make selections from a stack of specially created 30 second video ‘tracks’, which are then rear-projected in the 4 large bay windows of the building from dusk until midnight.
The project premiered during D-Lux festival 2018 and ran until 28th April, benefitting from the larger context of the festival as a time of increased interest in and focus on the High Street at night. As well as a series of micro-commissions for local young and emerging artists to make initial works with which to seed the jukebox, the D-Lux team worked with the community through a series of workshops and upskilling sessions, and provision of online resources on how to create content for the jukebox. These included two workshop sessions taking place during the festival itself.
TOWN CENTRE ILLUMINATIONS
Look up, look down. Is it that time already? Making playful shapes, reinterpreting buildings, having fun with the Midsteeple.
D-Lux will create an after dark playground - lighting up Dumfries in not-so-obvious ways.
Our 2018 Festival of Light brought warmth, light and curiosity into Dumfries town centre at the darkest time of the year, where artists explore new ways of illuminating the darkness.