Nizam made small incisions into the structure of a house to create this fantastic light installation series. As sunlight pours through the holes and cracks in the walls into a darkened studio space, Nizam directs its movement with the aid of angled mirrors stationed around the room. The light’s movement is furthermore recorded by Nizam’s camera with the use of multiple exposures. In this process, Nizam is able to capture and manipulate sunlight, creating dynamic shapes with light that often appear as large geometric forms. This work straddles different mediums: first as a fleeting installation of light and then as a photograph that documents this sense of temporality.
This series is currently part of the exhibit James Nizam: Tracing Heavens, on view at Gallery Jones in Vancouver. For more information about Nizam’s work, visit his website here.
Taking cues from the firefly, a Dutch electronics company has created a product called “Bio-light”—an eco-friendly lighting system that uses glowing, bioluminescent bacteria. They’re not powered by electricity or sunlight, but by methane generated by the company’s Microbial Home bio-digester that processes anything from vegetable scraps to human waste. The living bacteria are fed through silicon tubes, and as long as they’re nutritionally-fulfilled, they can indefinitely generate a soft, heat-free green glow using the enzyme luciferase and its substrate, luciferin. They’re kept in hand-blown glass bulbs clustered together into lamps, but you can’t light up your house with them yet—the glow isn’t nearly bright enough to replace conventional artificial lights. They do, however, get people to think about untapped household energy sources and how to make use of them. The company, Phillips, also envisions the use of these Bio-lights outside the home—for nighttime road markings, signs in theatres and clubs, and even biosensors for monitoring diabetes.