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Case study – The Modulator lights up the RIBA

Andrew Brister 12 December 2012

A new three month exhibition of the 21st Century Light Space Modulator, an installation by Jason Bruges Studio, sponsored by Havells-Sylvania, opens at Royal Institute of British Architects. Following its spectacular display at London’s South Bank Centre, the 21st Century Light Space Modulator, is now taking centre stage in a new exhibition at the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London W1. Previously on display under the rumbling commuter trains of Hungerford Bridge, the inspiring installation, designed to react instinctively to motion and activity in its surrounding environment, was created by Jason Bruges Studio and commissioned by Concord, the architectural lighting arm of Havells-Sylvania.@page_break@The urban intervention artwork, which for three weeks transformed an underused section of the South Bank into a colourful, lively and interactive space, will now go on display at RIBA, where spatial and human interaction will continue to be a central component of the installation.  In this exhibition, Jason Bruges Studio will open up the design process and demonstrate how the space was brought to life using a variety of different materials, colours, light effects and sensory-based technology. Highlighting the project from design concept to reality, visitors will be taken through each unique stage of its development and show the impact that an urban spectacle can have on generating positive conversations and uplifting the urban environment in unexpected ways. Paying homage to László Moholy-Nagy’s 1930s work, Light Prop for an Electric Stage, the Modulator was conceived as a visual representation of the Havells-Sylvania philosophy: a fusion of invention and innovation, and eastern and western influences, which have the power to transform space through the use of light.@page_break@Jason Bruges, creative director of Jason Bruges Studio, commented: “The 21st Century Light Space Modulator explores not just the relationship between space and light, but also people’s behaviour within a space. By opening up the design process, listening to feedback from workshops with architectural students and the public who interacted with the exhibit, there has been a strong and positive legacy of this urban intervention.” Anil Gupta, CEO of Havells-Sylvania, added: “When you combine light with world-class design, it can have a transformative impact on people’s everyday experience – whether that’s under a bridge or in a cultural institution such as RIBA. It’s this principle that Havells-Sylvania wanted to bring to life through our partnership with Jason Bruges Studio, in order to engage members of the public in creating interactive performances and effects on spaces using light and shadow.”
 21st Century Light Space Modulator: an installation by Jason Bruges Studio, sponsored by Havells-Sylvania can be seen at Gallery One, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD until 29 January 2013. Opening times are 10:00-17:00 Monday to Saturday, open until 22:00 on Tuesdays. Please note that galleries may be closed early for special events. Call RIBA on +44 (0)20 7307 3694 to check opening times. 

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