Silje Thorsager Østby
Robert Iversen Bogard
5-7 November 2021
The idea of topia is a place with characteristic features, neither positive nor negative. To be “topian” is to behave as if the world we see as ideal – already exists. By playing on this concept, and creating a vague distinction between dystopia and utopia – the installation facilitates reflection on whether we as a species can actually call ourselves topian. Have we arrived there or are we on our way? The installation invites you to explore the relationship between the staged spatial experience, the relationship between land and water, as well as culture and nature – in a mixed dystopian and utopian light experience for reflection on 2PIAN.
Signify is a world leader in lighting for businesses, consumers and lighting for the “Internet of Things”. Signify’s goal is to bring out the extraordinary potential of light to contribute to a brighter life and a better world, and to make people’s lives safer and more comfortable.
Lighting design and concept: Silje Thorsager Østby for Signify
and Robert Iversen Bogard
Music: Abul Mogard
Light control: Øyvind Knutsen and Silje Thorsager Østby
Advisors: Simon Benno Sæther and Lars Kristian Nygård
Design and production: Signify and Flexiform
Signify Color Kintetics
Silje Thorsager Østby has extensive experience in architectural lighting and lighting design. She has worked on a wide range of lighting projects spanning architectural and urban lighting, guerrilla lighting and lighting installations in Norway and abroad. Her passion is to use light to connect people with physical spaces and create a fine-tuned connection between light quality and the users’ experience. She currently works as a lighting designer at Signify.
Robert Iversen Bogard has a long and interdisciplinary experience in architecture and urban development, which has led to his professional passion for user-centered and value-oriented design management. Among other things, he has made a number of installations, both in Norway and abroad. He considers properly grounded experiences as a crucial strategic tool for creating good meeting places. He is a trained civil architect but specializes in interdisciplinary and value-driven design management.
Robert currently works as a Strategic Business Designer & Spatial Designer at Signify.
Øyvind Knutsen has a broad experience from Engineering with a specialization in systems- and lighting design.
He is great at combining practical know-how – with creative technical designs – with artistic subtleness. He has worked with projects in all scales and have been a part of several in- and outdoor light installations.
His passion is to create great user experience and sustainable solutions through the power of light and connected technologies. He currently works as Lighting and System Architect at Signify.