GLOW is a light art festival which is organised by the GLOW Eindhoven foundation. GLOW can be described as an exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 35 famous national and international light artists. The light artworks are connected by a walking route.
Besides the light artworks and numerous side events there are also innovative, unique works of art that are created by young talents.
Shadows & Light
The year's theme is called 'Shadows & Light'. "Every picture has its shadows. And it has some source of light. Blindness, blindness and sight". (Joni Mitchell)
No light without shadows, no image without content. With this year’s theme GLOW 2018 searches for this duality. Effectively, it’s not only about the ultimate contrast between black and white, but also about much and little, inside and outside, restraint and abundance...light and shadow. Within the contradiction, the story is born; there’s no experience without contrast. ‘Shadows’ and ‘Light’ lacking, we would find ourselves in a grey landscape in which life evaporates.
The GLOW mission statement for the coming years is concise and convincing:
"Eindhoven makes the difference in Light Art".
What is GLOW
What is GLOW
The event has grown from 45,000 visitors during the first edition of GLOW in 2006, to a record number of more than 740,000 visitors during the 2017 edition. Positioning GLOW Eindhoven among the top five of best visited light festivals in the world. At GLOW the emphasis is on creating new light art, with talent development as a connecting factor; this is what GLOW strives for. From this, GLOW Next was born in 2012. In addition to the major international light artists GLOW makes increasingly more space for innovative and unique local projects: "Made in Eindhoven".
Each year GLOW champions a different theme. In 2015 the theme was ‘Nature and Architecture’: the route picked a path along rivers and through parks. In 2016 the theme was 'City and Science', a theme expressed by a route through the centre and a route over the TU/e campus. And in 2017 the theme was The Source, based on the source of light. The artists were given this theme to incorporate in their work of art. One artist took this more literally than another, which led to a surprising variation in light art projects.
New Light is what was called GLOW Next in earlier editions. In the category New Light we connect new talent with established artists and work together with high-tech organisations from the smartest region in the world: Eindhoven. The results are almost always world firsts: new technology and new projects. GLOW offers these talents a stage, in the hope that they can reach other light festivals worldwide. This is how GLOW hopes to spread its mission: Eindhoven makes a difference in light art.