Gard Gitlestad

Factory Light Festival

Various installations for the first and second editions of Factory Light Festival in Slemmestad, Norway. Mostly temporary architectural lighting, intended to re-activate disused industrial areas in the city centre. Slemmestad is peculiar in that very significant areas of the city are occupied by the remains of a cement factory whose production was shut down years ago – making it a very interesting place to work with lighting.

Being one of my first steps into professional lighting design, parallel to my BA studies, working for the festival was an important learning experience; the installations were admittedly based on technical and artistic trial and error, but a couple of those with the smallest amount of the latter still remain in place as semi-permanent public installations.

All of the installation work for the festival was done in collaboration with my fellow student Josefine W. Nergård.

In addition to the various installations, I also provided technical, practical and administrative assistance to the festival in the form of artist booking and coordination, artistic management, funding applications, in-kind fundraising, and various other tasks.

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