Daan Roosegaarde’s “Waterlicht” Pop-Up in New York

An art installation and a call to action, this light flood depicts life alongside rising water

Daan Roosegaarde’s WATERLICHT project, an LED light and lens show, has appeared in several cities since its conception in 2016. From Rotterdam and Toronto to Dubai and London, the show guarantees the same presentation, no matter the setting: an enveloping, rolling wave of blue light meant to mimic where water levels could reach if humans fail to intervene. And while it’s certainly aesthetically pleasing, the work …

Studio Visit: Artist Refik Anadol

Where technology, data, light and space develop an interactive evolution of cinema

Refik Anadol is in the future—not from the future or thinking about it, but working within a space that many have yet to approach. The Turkey-born, LA-based artist creates immersive works that use light to explore architecture. He employs developing technologies and complex algorithms to create what he feels are an interactive evolution of film. Take “WDCH Dreams,” a 2018 work that uses the exterior …

Daniel Barreto’s Eerie LED Stop-Motion Film

Light paintings are commonplace in the field of long exposure night photography, but filmmaker Daniel Barreto has found a way to take it in a completely new direction. In his film “Ignite,” Barreto combines long exposure photos with LEDs, stop-motion film and time-lapse photography to create a completely analog short film. Bursts of neon lights ooze, jump and dance around the woods while daunting electronic …