LIGHTHOUSE DIGITAL ART: A MUST MUSEUM IN BERLIN
Years ago Martin Stebbing, a visual artist – half Danish, half English, decided to turn the top floors of Warschauer Straβe 33, as well as his home, into a light project that dominates practically the entire perspective from the Warschauer Bridge in the Friedrichshain district. Anyone who has passed this way at night in recent times must have wondered what exactly is all that multicolored display that gives this project its name: W33 Lighthouse.
The audiovisual floods our lives. Every day we watch videos on our computer, tablet or cell phone screens almost as naturally as we drink a cup of coffee. The most remarkable aspect about the Lighthouse is not only its location on a street named after its initial and number, but also the medium through which it displays an explosion of lights, moving images, and colors during sunset, transforming into a “house of light”.
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The multimedia penthouse in Friedrichshain
As soon as you leave the Oberbaumbrücke in the direction of Friedrichshain and cross the Stralauer Allee, a visual explosion captures the attention of the passerby for about 200 seconds. As one moves forward, vectorial shapes become more and more defined, whether abstract, linear or geometric, depending on the day. Colorful, fast-moving, fleeting images flow over a visual surface of 25 m2, all made possible by the installation of six giant projectors inside the house directed at the six windows of the façade facing the public space.
The work being done on the windows, which have been converted into monitors, into large screens, is fascinating; they make the gaze through them exceptional, creating an illusion of dimensionality on the glass surface that at the same time generates spatial sensations. Another characteristic associated with the spectacular nature of the images is the interest in lighting and transparency. Using visual technologies, they conceive representations that are perceived by the viewer with not only visual but also emotional impact.
Martin Stebbing, ideologist of the project
Given his background as a VJ, since Martin Stebbing, director and ideologist of the project, left Copenhagen to settle in Berlin, he has been mixing live images with music in sets together with DJs. His passion for colors, rendering and three-dimensionality translates into the aesthetics of the animations he projects at Lighthouse: liquid simulations or particle effects made using sophisticated software tools are just an example of what he can program and showcase.
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At night you can feel the energy in the streets of this former workers’ quarter, which is filled with street musicians. On the one hand, you can find a bar full of people from all over the world, with electronic music, long lines and panoramic views; on the other, an open-air joint on abandoned train tracks, between decrepit buildings and alternative music. Whatever your tastes, the best way to end an evening in Friedrichshain is to sit by the Spree River, next to the longest and best preserved fragment of the Berlin Wall (today called the “East Side Gallery”), and watch the sun rise over the beautiful Oberbaum Bridge.
So… What do you have to think about? Simply step into the Digital Art Lighthouse, a museum located in Berlin that showcases new media and digital art. Immerse yourself in the current exhibition and explore the AI Gallery and the Infinity Room for an unforgettable, multidimensional experience lasting 45 minutes.
Get lost in the Infinity Room, which features mirrors and LED lights that create stunning reflections and an immersive environment that allows you to experience yourself and light in a new way!