GLOWlab to experience
Portie Licht (Portion of Light) originated from a collaboration between GLOWlab, GGZE and SintLucas, the vocational school for creative talent. This ties in with the work Come and Grow, by George Barratt-Jones. Together they investigated the influence of light on people. After all, light is the most important “timer” for your body and it ensures that your biological clock keeps good time. If your internal clock is keeping good time, you feel better.
Light therapy has an amazingly positive effect on people with winter depression, common depression or manic depression. Light therapy is the strongest source for resetting your internal clock. Despite the healing effect of light, we only use it to a very limited extent. The SintLucas students make this concept tangible with Portie Licht in daily activities, a landscape and life. Accessible for everyone, without stigma.
28 October 2019 – GLOWlab 7 I Presentation Portion of Light
The students’ final decisions were presented to the curators: dr. Lisette Rops as initiator of the project LichtCafé for the GGZE and Ronald Rademakers, director GLOW.
3 October 2019 I GLOWlab 6 – Braindump
Each student was allowed to share 2 ideas for GLOW. Based on these ideas the tutor and GLOW gave a GO for the creation of a total of 6 concepts.
26 September 2019 | GLOWlab 5 - Why Portie Licht?
GLOW again shared the key question with students in a short session. And an initial ideas generator was stated.
19 September 2019 | GLOWlab 4 - Portie Licht SintLucas
The SintLucas students were briefed by psychiatrist Lisette Rops at GGzE. Awareness of the complaints of depression and people with bipolar disorders. But especially also an awareness of the difference that light therapy can have for people. Together with photography lecturer Peter Verver the idea of light and health was interpreted in an extra GLOWlab with ideas for a photography exhibition. Additionally, the first Light café in the Netherlands was opened on the Grote Beek estate in the GGzE Grand Café Het Ketelhuis!
23 May 2019 | GLOWlab 3 - Come and Grow + Portie Licht
The participants presented their ideas to the jury comprising GGzE and GLOW. The Lightlab produced 5 good ideas, that the jury would have liked all to have been realised. Two ideas were selected for GLOW 2019:
Come and Grow – George Barratt-Jones
Portie Licht – St. Lucas students
7 May 2019 | GLOWlab 2 – First ideas
During a pressure-cooker session the first ideas were generated by various groups. Producing a total of five worthwhile ideas. Some ideas complimented each other.
9 April 2019 | GLOWlab 1 - The key question
During this session with a student from the Design Academy, a supervisor from SintLucas, Ellen de Vries from Het Luxlab, psychiatrists from GGzE and Municipality of Eindhoven employees the key question was defined: how can we create awareness that light is good for your health: basic nutrient. And a layer deeper: light as part of your lifestyle to prevent depression or to recover from it more rapidly. A framework was determined that the ideas had to take into account.
March 2019 | GLOWlab 0 - theme Light Therapy
Light therapy has an amazingly positive effect on people with winter depression. Around 3% of the population suffers from a winter depression and 10% from winter blues. 70% to 90% often felt better after 1 week of light therapy. Also in the case of ‘common’ depression light can have a healing effect. People recover more rapidly and feel better. Apart from light, a healthy lifestyle influences our physical and spiritual health. The LichtCafé is populated with experts with knowledge of healthy lifestyles. And you can get started immediately.
What is the effect of light therapy?
Everyone has an internal clock that steers substances in your body that set the correct rhythm. If your internal clock is keeping good time, you feel good. Light therapy is the strongest source for resetting your internal clock. Despite the healing effect of light, we only use it to a very limited extent. GGzE wants to make this more accessible and give it more publicity. In October 2019 they opened LichtCafés in two locations, one being in Grand Café Het Ketelhuis on the De Grote Beek estate in Eindhoven.
Lisette Rops, Wanda Kruijt, Lotte van Hout (GGzE), Rik van Stiphout (Municipality of Eindhoven), Ellen de Vries (Luxlab), George Barratt-Jones (Design Academy), Pieter van Klaveren (SintLucas), Teun Vonk (Studio Tony Spark), Jan Denneman (The Good Light Group) & GLOW Eindhoven (Sabine Swinkels/Rethinking Group, Rian Dings/IguanaFM, Mariëtte Vetter en Ronald Ramakers).