Betty Rieckmann
Betty Rieckmann

enlightenment machine, 2015


Interactive light installation consisting of 12 3 meter long satinized PMMA tubes with a 140 millimeter diameter; inside mounted digital RGB-LEDs, a MIDI keyboard, DMX-exits, with 12 concrete footings with stainless steel mountings (brackets).

Space requirements: 6 meters x 6 meters


In 1919 Thomas Wilfred created with his Clavilux a perfect experience of art by combining music, light and space in one piece of art. Unfortunately most people did not have a chance to see this piece of art, as it was only presented once in a museum.


Enlightenment machine is my interpretation of Thomas Wilfred’s Clavilux. It is a light instrument and translates keyboard music (notes) into different light colors. Every note has its own choreography. By interacting with the keys of the keyboard, the spectator/viewer becomes a light composer. The keyboard itself remains silent – the composition happens on a visual level.


The overlaying/superposition of notes is also reflected in the choreography of the light.

Piano or keyboard experience is not necessary to make this artwork come to live. Curiosity and playfulness bring the artwork to lighten up and radiate.


To experience the perfect moment of impeccable art, we open this light installation with a professional piano player, thus combining and melting the sounds of the piano with the light show. After this initial performance, the piano remains still.


In the off-line modus, this installation runs through various light compositions. In this way you can also see its color displays when no interaction is taking place.



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