FAVILLA. To every light a voice

From 14th to 19th April, Milan will play host to an installation-event open to the entire city: FAVILLA. To Every Light a Voice. FAVILLA is a story and an exploration of the essence of light.

It was designed to celebrate 2015 – proclaimed the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies by UNESCO – chiming perfectly with Euroluce. FAVILLA. To every light a voice was conceived by the architect Attilio Stocchi, who has previously curated two stellar events for the Salone del Mobile, The Arbour (2011) and skybook (2012).

Light is often merely seen as a means of illuminating things, rather than as “light”, the bringer of its own revelation. In order to understand the intrinsic and physical nature of light and how it travels and gets to us, visitors will be treated to an immersive experience devoted to light, following a journey mapped out inside a large “black box”. FAVILLA is concealed in a large “black box” inside which light is intensified like in a crystal, producing stunning effects. It symbolises the metaphor of the geode: the discovery of a deeper internal world that generates wonder. The show will illustrate the “expression” of light, associated each time with a particular sound. Light as a person, with its states of mind, its voice.

The structure of FAVILLA reflects that of the Greek tragedies, with a prologue -– dixit Deus fiat lux et lux facta est  four epeisodia, four stasima and an epilogue. The main section – the four epeisodia – illustrates the four ways in which light travels: rectilinear propagationdiffraction, reflection and refraction, revealing the wave-corpuscle duality of light (a theory beautifully expounded in Newton’s Opticks, 1704). The four epeisodia are accompanied by the stasima/intermezzi, the “vital declinations” of these technical characteristics in the natural world: sunrayschlorophyll and photosynthesisrainbows …

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