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A. Don't break the sound barrier

‘Be careful everybody, don't be too loud, or you’ll break the sound barrier!’

Don't break the sound barrier is an installation where an interactive LED grid only reacts to the sounds in its immediate vicinity during the GLOW festival period. The spectators have to collaborate to discover all the hidden visual effects. What can you create by singing as a group?

The concept and design was created by Ellen de Vries/The Lux Lab. LivingProjects is responsible for installing the equipment and Klundert Muziek Oisterwijk for the acoustic engineering.  

Ellen de Vries / The Lux Lab
Concept/ lighting design: Ellen de Vries/ Het Lux Lab Realisation: LivingProjects Sound engineering: Klundert Muziek Oisterwijk Controls engineering: Bas Hoksbergen / Pharos Architectural Controls
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Ellen de Vries / The Lux Lab

At a young age, Ellen de Vries became inspired by the phenomenon of light. She began as a light designer for theatre- and video productions, but started to work for Philips Lighting after a period of experimental design.

Here, the passion for the poetry of lighting and the technical aspect of lighting come together. From here on, she developed a personal approach in which light is used as a design tool to transform spaces and make them more pleasant for us human beings. Needless to say, conditions such as sustainability and being familiar with guidelines are taken into account.

In 2004, Ellen founded ‘The Lux Lab’, which focuses on a light-centered approach. With ‘The Lux Lab’, Ellen de Vries has created four different light master plans for cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Almere, Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Middelburg.

Furthermore, she develops and creates concepts for temporary projects such as during the Dutch Design Week and GLOW. These concepts are often the basis of a scientific research. The outcome of this research can be used as a start for new ideas.

photo: Bart van Overbeeke Fotografie