Light is History

Samir Bhowmik, Karthikeya Acharya

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproduction


Light is History is a community based energy art space and a therapy light installation. It is an initiative to engage citizens with issues of community well being and energy consumption in daily living through art and research. Sixteen participating families from in and around Kallio publish their daily energy use (from Helsingin energia's Sävel Plus) onto our web portal for a one week period. The difference in their daily energy use is used to determine the brightness of the individual therapy lamps and conveyed via an Arduino chip embedded in the installation. The lamps (10,000 lux each) are aimed to function as bright therapy lights for the well being of the people that pass by in this public place. The lamps have been made from recycled old electricity meters recovered from the electrical metering company Mitox Oy. The local residents/participants have also provided us with images of their own electrical artifacts from their daily lives and this is displayed on the installation. A shared and collaborative context has thus been created here in Hakaniementori, as an outdoor museum that gives us a glimpse of our contemporary life with electricity resulting in an energy art space that is open and powered by the people.. The project is a collaboration between artists Samir Bhowmik (MediaLab) & Karthikeya Acharya (Dept. of Design) and is supported by Aalto Media Factory at Aalto University.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

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