Dieses Jahr ist Istanbul eine der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadte mit einem umfangreichen Programm. Eines behandelt auch das Thema Lichtdesign: Der Architectural Lighting Day Istanbul 2010 (ALD), den Emre Güneş (PLD Türkiye) am 25. Oktober organisiert. Wir trafen Emre Güneş während der Luminale in Frankfurt am Main.
Luminapolis: For the first time an Architectural Lighting Day is organized by Emre Güneş from PLD Türkiye in Istanbul. What is the idea to do this?
Emre Güneş: Seeing the success of PLDC which is organised by our partner Via-verlag and PLDA, we decided to take a similar initiative in our geography. Turkey, like many countries in the world, is a geography where it’s hard to say that lighting design profession is well recognised. To establish that, we have been organising “lighting design” events since 2007 locally. In result of 10 events, we have a growing community interested in light. This was one of the factor which encouraged us to take another step forward with a “regional” event. Our target area is Turkey and near geography like Russia, Ex-soviet Unions, Middle East, South Europe etc… And without any doubt, this is an area where the “market” is interesting and growing.
Luminapolis: Istanbul is a global city between East and West. This year Istanbul is one of the European Cultural Capitals. What are the traditions of lighting in the islamic world and the western world?
Emre Güneş: I’d like to have a clear answer for that. That’s why we have a dedicated Pecha-kucha night during ALD Istanbul with the theme “Lighting Design and Culture”. We have speakers from Chile, Italy, Holland, Turkey etc who will try to give an answer to that. It’s very clear that lighting design is very much related to architecture so it’s hard to speak of a clear difference between lighting traditions. In a quick reflex, I would say that understanding and usage of colors will be the first thing to look at. Green would definitely have different meanings. Islamic world would be closer and familiar with less color, I guess. Also because of geography, we are used to have sun light more than modern world. This fact should definitely have an effect on the lighting design approach too.
Luminapolis: You have invited a lot of international experts to hold a lectures. What is the most important subject you are interested in?
Emre Güneş: It would be hard and not fair for me to tell you a specific speaker that I am looking forward to hear. All of our speakers are well known and very successful lighting designers. Our keynote speakers are two young and very young generation star architects with a specific interest in light. We are doing our best to have a wide range of subjects with a professional approach. So I can just assure anyone who attends ALD Istanbul will listen very professional, satisfying presentations.