LEDforum.20 shares highlights from digital conference

Charles Stone (bottom) delivered a closing keynote presentation at LEDforum.20.

(Brazil) – Online conference welcomed 600 global attendees.

As with several lighting conferences around the world, Brazil’s LEDforum was transformed into a digital event this year. The resulting LEDforum.20 was held on 6th November, welcoming more than 600 attendees from around the world.

During the online conference, LEDforum.20 hosted eight speakers, who each presented current and industry relevant topics, related to their research, case studies and light art.

Opening the event was Pascal Chautard, whose presentation A Single Gesture revealed details of his award-winning lighting project for the sculpture Su Vertical Nos Retiene.

Case studies were also presented by German architect and engineer Thomas Schielke, who discussed the evolution and inspiration behind the design concept of Apple stores around the world.

Amongst the more technical lectures, Brazilian researcher and educator Mariana G. Figueiro presented results from her recent research on the impact of light during the Covid-19 pandemic. Elsewhere, Brazilian architect and lighting designer Mariana Novaes, together with engineer and researcher Vicente Scopacasa, presented What About Flicker, where they highlighted the phenomena that can be produced by LED light sources.

Meanwhile, Brazilian architect and lighting designer Fernanda Carvalho shared her knowledge and admiration for the works of American artist Dan Flavin, the subject of her Master’s theses. The American artist and educator Chris Fraser also shared moments of pure emotion with his amazing site-specific installations, presented in the lecture Luminous Bodies.

The event concluded with a keynote presentation from Fisher Marantz Stone’s Charles Stone, who presented The Light Outside: Vast and Intimate, part of his series of lectures on post-pandemic outdoor lighting design.

The LEDforum.20 was preceded by digital workshops held in partnership by AsBAI and LEDforum. The Sunrise & Sunset sessions took place on 3-4 November, and addressed themes related to literature, scenography, painting and cinema. In addition, the seventh edition of the International Light Week Workshop (WISL) adapted its format to the current situation, being transformed into an online course. As such, the workshop Lighting for Historical Buildings, given by Prof. Jan Blieske, kicked off on 5 November, and will last for 10 months, culminating in the presentation of its results at LEDforum.21.

LEDforum.20 closed with a friendly invitation from speakers who are confirmed for the 2021 edition, including lighting designers Rafael Leão, Ricardo Hofstadter, Prof. Jan Blieske, Mary-Anne Kyriakou and Wim aan de Stegge; British artist Liz West, and award-winning Dutch artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde as keynote speaker.

Registration for LEDforum.21 is open, and space is limited, as 80% of tickets have already been allocated.