Lightbridge

Lightbridge
Toruń–Slemmestad

was a Polish-Norwegian project based on the cooperation of artists specializing in the light installations and the multimedia projections in the technique of mapping 3D, which lasted from February 2014 to 2 February 2015. Read or download the summary of the project.

The leader of the project was Toruń Cultural Agency, which since 2009 has been organizing the Bella Skyway Festival, which in 2012 hosted 150 000 visitors and in 2014 — over 300 000. Three partners:


“Wagga Wagga”, Skyway ’12 in Toruń

Project had multifaceted character and included different types of activities. The first stage of the project was the preparation of two 3D projections in mapping 3D: on giant silos of a former cement factory in Slemmestad and on the facade of Wilam Horzyca Theatre in Toruń. Projections were prepared by artists from Poland and Norway and presented to the audience during the 6th edition of Bella Skyway Festival (Toruń, Poland) in August 2014 and during the Factory Light Festival (Slemmestad, Norway) in September 2014. Moreover, artists organised a workshop for the students from Drammen in September 2014 as a part of Factory Light Festival. The artists’ works were photographed by the well known photographers from Poland and Norway and the photos taken by them shown at the exhibitions in Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Torun, Drammen, Slemmestad and Oslo.


Visualisation of a light projection on Slemmestad cement factory

Both the building complex of the former cement factory in Slemmestad and Toruń district, where the projection in Toruń was located, are areas for which the respective cities developed plans for revitalization. Moreover, the participants of Skyway haven’t had the possibility to admire the works of Norwegian artists and in Norway there was no, until recently, light festival presenting projections and light installations. Therefore, it was decided to initiate cooperation and implementation of the project.

The main objective of the project was the development of intercultural dialogue and understanding of cultural diversity. We hope that the cooperation between Polish and Norwegian artists at the projections in Slemmestad and Toruń provided an opportunity to exchange experiences and good practices in the field of 3D mapping and will become a great foundation for the future cooperation.

Project was a priority action for the leader and project partners.