Urban Lightscapes Symposium Program

Urban Lightscapes Symposium Program


10:30 Doors open

11:00 Welcome Address

Beforelight, Light Art Group, Urban Lightscapes’ Leading Partner

Valy Lioliou, Assistant Director at the Testing Research and Standards Center in Public Power Corporation S.A. Hellas

Polydefkis Loukopoulos, General Manager of Philips Lighting Greece & Cyprus

Greetings from Municipality of Athens’ Representative

11:30 Public Lighting in the Service of Citizens

Moderator: Giorgios Paissidis, Chairman at Hellenic Illumination Committee


Iakovos Potamianos, Professor AUTH, School of Fine Arts, Theatre Department, Head of Studies in Lighting Design and Multimedia MA – Hellenic Open University / Weaving Space: The sense of belonging and the aesthetics of light

Kostas Kapos, Mechanical / Energy Engineer, BS, MS/PE / The illumination of monuments and its impact on the urban landscape

Chrysostomos Christidis, Electrical Engineer and Board Member at Hellenic Illumination Committee, former Director at TRS, Centre of Public Power Corporation / The possibilities of extroverted creative lighting

Aimilia Karamouzi, Architect, Researcher at the Aristeia Research Programme, Ν.T.U.A. / D.L.D., Dynamic Lighting Design, Parametric interactive lighting software in urban public space


13:00 Break


14:00 The Use of Light in Art – Light Installations

Moderator: Poka-Yio, Multidisciplinary Artist, founder and co-director of Athens Biennale


Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Light Artist, Curator, Artistic Director of Belgrade Light Festival / Attention Light

Valentin Ruhry, Sculptor / Τhe Invisible Claim

Tamar Frank, Light Artist / Transforming Space with Light

Eleftheria Deko, Stage and Architectural Lighting Designer / Theatrical lighting: Influences and interactions to and from the Theater


15:30 Break


16:00 Keynote speaker:

Rogier van der Heide, Lighting Designer, Vice- President & Chief Design Officer at Philips, Artistic Director of Amsterdam Light Festival / From a Livable City to a Lovable City, or how light makes a place for inspiration and imagination


17:00 Involvement and Interactivity in Urban Lighting

Moderator: Vasileios Ntovros, Architect, Member of Beforelight group


Elettra Bordonaro – Architect, Urban Lighting Designer and Consultant, co-founder of Social Light Movement / Light and Cities – The Social Approach

Cristina Ampatzidou – representative of Beforelight, Light Art Group, Urban Lightscapes’ Leading Partner / Highlighting public spaces, intentions and interventions

Areti Markopoulou – representative of IAAC, Institute of Advance Architecture of Catalonia, Urban Lightscapes’ Partner / Fabricating interactive prototypes for urban space

Benoit Vanraes – representative of SoAP, Social Art Production Company, Urban Lightscapes’ Partner / Positive solutions through community art


18.00 Round table with speakers’ and audiences’ participation


19:00 Break


19:15 Documentary Film Screening – The City Dark (2001), directed by Ian Cheney

A search for night on a planet that never sleeps: THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky


* An open discussion with the audience follows the end of every session.


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