8 January 2020

Light Festival at Battersea Power Station

Looking for the perfect antidote to the winter blues? Look no further. Battersea Power Station will be brightening up the dark winter evenings from 8th January – 16th February with four spectacular light installations commissioned by the Light Art Collection, the experts behind the Amsterdam Light Festival. On display in Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, the installations will be making their UK debut at the festival, which is free to the public.


The four light installations on display at the first Light Festival at Battersea Power Station include:

Action Reaction 2.0 by Sjimme Veenhuis

Through this piece, Veenhuis demonstrates how refreshing it can be to give something like a button, which is ultimately a ‘mediator’ between us and all kinds of technology, a different meaning. The installation consists of a large screen with a thousand buttons that after being pressed light up in a variety of different colours like single pixels. An interactive piece, Action Reaction 2.0 invites visitors to make patterns by themselves or together.


Talking Heads by Viktor Vicsek

These two spectacular heads created by Hungarian light artist Viktor Vicsek show countless emotions and react to each other. Unlike people, these Talking Heads don’t do it by means of muscle but through the possibilities of light. Per head approximately 4000 individually controllable LEDs create different facial expressions in various colours.


Eternal Sundown by Mads Vegas

Eternal Sundown is performed by light designer Mads Vegas and consists of approximately 140 filtered fluorescent tubes. Originally made for Copenhagen Light Festival 2018 and 2019, the artwork maintains an abstract sunset colour spectrum from sunset to dawn, spreads joy and reminds people that much needed sunlight soon returns. Eternal Sundown will be bringing light to The Coaling Jetty, an historic Grade II*-listed jetty on the River Thames, which opened to the public for the very first time in August.


This It Is, Be Here Now by Tropism Art & Science Collective

An interactive neon sign, This It Is, Be Here Now, flashes, crackles and sparkles. First shown at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2014/202015, the artwork encourages visitors to come closer with its bright colours, provoking message and loud rustling noises.


Carlin Fier, Head of Brand at Battersea Power Station Development Company said: “We’re extremely excited to host the first Light Festival at Battersea Power Station and to be the first location in the UK to showcase these fantastic pieces of art. Since opening Circus West Village in 2017, it has been our ambition to turn this riverside destination into a new cultural district for London. The Light Festival will strengthen the art and culture offering already available at Battersea Power Station and brighten up the long winter evenings after the festive season.”