e-Luminate Cambridge at Trinity Hall
9 February 2018
Trinity Hall is delighted to partner with e-Luminate Cambridge, the city’s light festival, running from 9-14 February 2018.
A series of 15 LED lights will be shining onto the Cam from the College’s river terrace each evening during the Festival, from 6-11pm. The installation should be viewed from Garrett Hostel Lane bridge and is interactive.Tweet to @restore2history with the appropriate hashtag #male #female #nonbinary to see the light effect change.
The installation entitled ‘Women writing History’ is a lighting piece that sets an invitation to participate in an imaginative exercise about women’s role on writing the past. The installation occurs during the 40th anniversary of the admission of female students to the College as part of THwomen40 and begins during the week marking the centenary of women’s suffrage.
Victoria Coval from BDP explains the inspiration behind the installation: “The idea was to use lighting as a tool to sensitise people and reveal forgotten stories to reflect upon. It was also thought to incite dialogue and remembrance of women's role in writing history and how each of us relates to this subject.”
Mark Ridler is the lighting director at BDP and studied engineering at Trinity Hall in the 1980s: “I’m really excited for BDP to support e-Luminate again this year and particularly as we have had an opportunity to create a piece in my alma mater. It’s a great festival that show cases the power and beauty of light, its transformative effect, and the blend of science and art inherent in the installations.”
The Master of Trinity Hall, Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, welcomes the installation: “I’m delighted that Trinity Hall is able to participate in this Festival, which brings a welcome relief from the gloom of winter, and celebrates the historical contribution of women to Cambridge.”
The animation is a series of waves and according to the tweet received the pattern of lights will change colour from red to blue to white. Colin Ball from BDP explains: “Our experience with light installations is that red and blue light stand out the most in the dark. The debate surrounding the link between gender and these colours, and how this has changed over the centuries is interesting. Sociologists and historians do not agree on the origins of the pairings. Colour vision is carried on the X chromosome but that does not necessarily mean men and women perceive colour differently. It is something scientists still debate.” On Saturday 10 February Colin will join a line-up of speakers for Cambridge Colour Talk to discuss what colour means and its effect on people. He will join physicist Helen Czerski, art historian Dr James Fox, author Spike Bucklow and artist David Batchelor at 19.00 in Cambridge Union and tickets for the event can be booked here.
On 12 February Trinity Hall will be taking part in the now sold-out Trail of Light event. The Director of Music, Andrew Arthur, will be giving an organ recital in the College chapel as participants walk between venues with their own portable lights.
The Women Writing History installation has been made possible by BDP and is in collaboration with Royston based Tryka L.E.D, Pharos lighting control solutions and Design Intent International. We are very grateful to them and the e-Luminate team at Cambridge Live Trust for their support in bringing this project to fruition.
For more information on the e-Luminate festival and other installations in Cambridge see: www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/e-luminate
In line with the College’s sustainability policy, the lighting in the installation consists of LEDs and is energy efficient. Steps have been taken to ensure the wildlife on the river is not adversely affected by the installation.