Ànima, a project by students from our Undergraduate Degrees and the Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces, will be part of the Winter Lights festival in London, a show that will open its doors for the 7th year to exhibit works of light art and interactive installations by some of the world’s most innovative light artists. Opening on January 18th at the Canary Wharf business complex, the festival will feature more than 20 projects, which will illuminate the dark winter nights and invite reflection on topics such as togetherness, climate change and data transfer, as well as celebrating the simple pleasures of beauty, playfulness and fantasy.
The light installation ‘Ànima’ by Elisava students, at the Winter Lights festival in London
Ànima is an immersive installation made up of more than 3,000 fibre optic threads, intended to reflect on the data universe. This immersive space brings to light one of the fundamental materials of the knowledge society: fibre optics. In a world of constant competition, the more information is collected about people, the more power is obtained from them. As fast as light, our data circulates around the world, ceases to be our property and becomes part of an archived data system. The lights that can be interacted with in Ànima become symbols of collective information that remind us that we belong to a system in which, like the lights of thousands of optical fibres, we are all equal and indistinct, linked to a digital soul.