Inspired by and celebrating the Nobel Prizes, the light artworks in the program foster discovery and amazement. Artists and designers working with light explore new ideas and inventions while reimagining the way in which we experience our urban environment. About fifteen places around Stockholm will be lit up for Nobel Week Lights Stockholm on 5-13 December. See the installations outdoors with safe distance to others, for free.
Light art and design are often at the intersection of aesthetics and research: it is playful, high impact and communicative. The goal of Nobel Week Lights is to create memorable and interactive experiences that impact the public’s vision and feeling of ownership over the city itself.
Stockholm has a dynamic legacy of public art and culture. Nobel Week Lights will bring Nobel celebrations into the streets of the city and invite the Stockholmers themselves. In what has been a very difficult year, this is a cultural experience which can be enjoyed with safe distance to others, outdoors. A beacon of light in the darkness: Ljus i mörkret.
From 5 December the Nobel Prize Museum façade will be embraced by the light installation Ledsagare (Guide) inspired by the procession that opens the Nobel Banquet, when the master of ceremonies and university students escort the honoured guests to their seats at the table. It is an apparently simple gesture, but it sets the tone for a ceremony that brings people together to meet and join in conversation. The word ledsagare also means a signpost that shows the way – a role that a museum can play as well. Here the museum itself stands as a guide, outfitted in the blue-and-yellow sash that is associated with the Nobel festivities. We are here to welcome and to guide all of society – all our visitors are guests of honour.
The installation is created by light artist, Tobias Rylander, and scenographer, Sahara Widoff, who are both part of the team creating our new exhibition about the Nobel Banquet which will be open for visitors as soon as the museum opens again.
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All light installations can be experienced outdoors with safe distance to others. They will be lit up from the afternoon until late in the evening and does not have to be seen during a specific time. The ambition is also to make the installations available digitally.
Nobel Week Lights is initiated by Annika Levin, Alexandra Manson, Lara Szabo Greisman and Helmet Experience Design AB. The initiative has been undertaken in collaboration with the Nobel Prize Museum with support from the City of Stockholm, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Institut Français de Suède, along with a number of other partners and lighting companies.