Interaction of Color and Light

The second event in our series on light brings an illuminating presentation and two installations from the Zurich ColourLight Center that play with LED lighting and colored surfaces.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


January 15, 2010 6:30 pm - January 27, 2010 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Whether at work or at home, as mood lighting or general illumination, LED (light emitting diode) lighting is becoming routine among architects, designers, and scenographers. On opening night of Interaction of Color and Light, the second event in our ongoing series on light, Ralf Michel and Florian Bachmann from the Zurich ColourLight Center (CLC) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in Switzerland, present two interactive installations, Color-Light-Patterns and Color-Light-Playground, that play with LED lighting and colored surfaces and provide insights into design potential based on their LED-ColourLab and ColourLightLab research projects.

The wall installation will be on view at swissnex San Francisco through January 26, 2010. To visit the installation contact us.

Opening Night Program January 14, 2010

6.30 pm doors open, refreshments
7.00 pm presentation and Q&A
8.00 pm small reception and exhibit
9.00 pm doors close


Ralf Michel

Ralf Michel studied social sciences and design in Germany. He is the Deputy Head of the Institute of Design & Technology at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and a lecturer in the Department of Design. He is a founder and member of the Board of International Research in Design and of the Swiss Design Network, the design research commission of the Swiss Universities of Art and Design. In addition, Michel is the editor of the publication series Schriften zur Gestaltung and the curator of several exhibitions on design. His recent book, Design Research Now, has become a fundamental publication in its field.

Florian Bachmann

Florian Bachmann studied art education at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He is a lecturer on art and design at different schools in Zurich and works as a senior researcher at the ColourLight Center (CLC). He specializes in graphic design, layout, screen design, and photo/video documentation and focuses on the dynamic transfer between research and teaching at the CLC. He is also known for his stage design and art installations.

About the Zurich ColourLight Center (CLC)

The Zurich ColourLight Center (CLC) designs and conducts research projects, plans and carries out events, exhibitions, and other services, and is involved in international conferences on the subject of color and light. The CLC focuses on the interactions between colored surfaces, space, and light, and acts as an adviser and contact point for teaching projects, continuing education events, and workshops in their field.

The center is part of the Institute for Design and Technology at the Zurich University of the Arts and cooperates with the school’s Institute for Art Education. The CLC focuses on “research through design”, an application-oriented approach exemplified by its latest project, the LED-ColourLab, which investigates interactions of dynamic light and surface color and develops prototypes and applications. CLC researchers typically work with collaborators across disciplines to generate new process and product innovations and further develop creative methods for teaching.

This event is produced by swissnex San Francisco and part of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability, to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.
Photo: Myleen Hollero

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