Geometry of Light is an intervention by Luftwerk in collaboration with Iker Gil that generates a global experience envisioned as a contemporary lens for the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, highlighting and expanding upon the architectural and material features of this structure. Using light and sound, Geometry of Light creates a new interpretive layer extending from the primary elements of architecture, including the gridded plan, vertical planes, and materiality.
Focused on the gridded plan of the pavilion, a projected grid of light animates the travertine floor that extends beyond the steel-framed glass walls to accentuate the flowing space as it permeates through the interior and exterior. The way in which light is projected and the spatial situation of sounds enlivens and alters our perception of the essential elements of the Pavilion and its open plan and magnifies the illusion of its physical and material limits.
The animated projections are choreographed to trace, highlight, and alter the composition of the Pavilion to the sound of the custom-designed piece that Oriol Tarragó has created as a direct response to the pitch of the Pavilion to create a comprehensive immersive tonal reading. In this way, together, these elements of light and sound coalesce—both unifying and disjointing the physical and perceptual space—in a new, altered perception and interpretation of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.
Geometry of Light was organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and MAS Context within the framework of LLUM BCN and the Festes de Santa Eulàlia.