A SHINE commission in partnership with Light Up The North
By Antoniya Soitsova & Nicolo Bencini
Entwined Light tells the story of the ever-evolving relationship between the artificial and the natural through the transitional interplay of form and light. The exoskeleton is a symbol of the man-made, while the photo-luminescent thread, powered by the sun, is an expression of the natural. The artwork provides the visitors with a path through this system in transition from natural organic body to controlled man-made configuration and vice versa. Entwined Light is a multi-layered piece that unfolds throughout the day-night cycle. Variations in colour and illumination invite the visitors to take part in the story and revisit the installation at different stages throughout the cycle. Taking inspiration from bioluminescence in nature, the installation demonstrates alternative methods of generating light by utilising the inherent properties of photo-luminescent materials. While the threads are soft in colour during the day, they activate in vivid blue and pink at night through a network of solar powered UV lights. Passively charged by external light, the threads change colour and continue to glow when the lights are switched off.
About Antoniya Soitsova & Nicolo Bencini
Nicolo and Antoniya come from a multidisciplinary architectural and structural engineering background. Their collaboration started in 2015 while they were undertaking their studies at the Architectural Association. After graduation Antoniya and Nicolo jointly led a digital design and fabrication module at the Royal College of Art for two years. They have a strong interest in the synergy between physical and digital, often tackling projects of various scales that address the topics of public realm, space activation, public events, immersive experiences, and innovative technology. Their academic involvement allowed them to design and study various experiential pavilions, such as the Twist timber pavilion which placed first in the Small Projects category of the 2016 UK Wood Awards.
Light Up The North (LUTN) is a network of five northern light festivals which have come together to share their collective expertise to support both the development of the partner festivals and the wider sector. Through national and international networking and collaboration, LUTN nurtures artistic ambition through artist and producer development, co-commissioning and joint fundraising.
The SHINE programme has been developed to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to create and exhibit new work at a number of partner festivals in the North of England. Artists are selected through an open-call process and will typically be awarded bursaries of up to £10,000 to realise their new work.
As well as financial support, each artist also receives a full induction to the programme, as well as training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. LUTN work directly with commissioned artists to support their development, with guidance in areas such as marketing, finance, production, risk assessments and fundraising.