‘‘Imprints of everyday life through the Light’’

In the course of their everyday life city dwellers are exposed to a variety of lighting conditions. In the outdoors urban environment or indoors in their home, at work, or at entertainment venues the quality and type of lighting affects significantly their state of mind. However, people rarely notice the lighting changes during daily life nor do they associate their mental disposition to the lighting conditions.

In the space of a few minutes the video examines distinct lighting conditions to which a person is exposed during everyday life. The face of the person plays the role of a screen on which lighting from various sources, natural or artificial, is projected so that the viewer may recognize the actual activities using only information deduced from changes in lighting.

Is this possible? Can lighting activate or even be a substitute for narration? What visual perception mechanisms contribute to the success of such a venture? Given that viewers share a common experience of everyday life, what is the contribution of memory and prior knowledge in the interpretation of visual stimuli? To what extent can the remaining spatiotemporal information (sound, speech, environment) be eliminated while lighting changes continue to convey the narration? The aim of this video is not to achieve an artistic expression, but rather to provide answers to the above questions and to demonstrate a narrative through the use of light.