Light: A Tool for Artistic Work in Two and Three Dimensions

»Light: A Tool for Artistic Work in Two and Three Dimensions«

Discover the aesthetic and communicative potential of light!

Light effectively affects. With sound knowledge of light and its well-thought-out use, we are able to create specific effects and reactions, in an artistic context and beyond. Which properties of light can we influence, and how? What potential do these properties have in terms of a communicative as well as aesthetic effect? And how can they be used for (artistic) work?

In this two-week intensive course, we will discuss and answer these and many other questions about light. Together we will explore the aesthetic and communicative potential of light in two- and three-dimensional representations. You will be able to significantly broaden and deepen your perception of light and its manifold effects. We will deal with light properties based on the theory of light in the performing arts, with light effects in space, as well as with light and its graphic recording on two-dimensional surfaces.

Expertise through practical experimentation

Based on theoretical principles, this workshop will focus on the practical implementation. We will experiment with light in terms of its most diverse aspects: With natural and artificial light sources, with pigment and light colours, with translucent, reflective and opaque materials, we will investigate the different optical properties of light.

Learning from Bauhaus

In doing so, we are taking advantage of being at the historical founding site of the Bauhaus and are following the footsteps of great Bauhaus masters: The two-dimensional works of Lyonel Feininger and the spatial light experiments of Lászlò Moholy-Nagy will be our starting points to discover new, diverse possibilities of light colour, intensity, direction, movement of light and its effects for artistic work.

Learning objectives

The aim of the workshop is to learn the theoretical basics about light and to implement them directly in practical exercises and experiments. The course offers you the opportunity to explore the variety of light as well as its effects and perception in order to be able to apply this knowledge in your (artistic) works.

The course is designed for architects, artists and designers, as well as creative and curious students of all disciplines.

Vanessa Farfán |

  • 2018- Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus University Weimar
  • 2017 Master in Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin Weissensee
  • 2010 Graduate in Design, School of Design of the Fine Arts Institute (EDINBA), Mexico City
  • 1993-2000 Education in Stage and Lighting Design, Mexico


Solo exhibitions (selection):

  • 2018 Analogue Analogies: Cities. Museum Fluxus+, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2017 Analogue Analogies. Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
  • 2014 Parallel Entities. Greußlich Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Group exhibitions and public presentations (selection)

  • 2019 DARE. Machinic Assamblages of Desire. 3rd international conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research. Ghent, Belgium
  • 2019 Gespinste der Suspension. Curated by Julia Heunemann. Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin, Germany
  • 2019 Ars Electronica. Slow algorithms and the hazards of standardization. With: Gabriel S Moses (IL/DE) , Theresa Schubert (DE), Vanessa Farfán (MEX / DE). Moderator: Dr. Alexandra R. Toland (USA/DE). Linz, Austria
  • 2018 Hybrid Lab, Berlin (UDK, TU). Workshop as parto of the program Sensing Collecti ves. Aesthetics and politics intertwined
  • 2017 Museum FLUXUS+Studis. Potsdam, Germany
  • 2017 Time Lapse. Art space in the cellar, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 Protempore. Embassy of Peru in Berlin, Germany    
  • 2014 In the centre of the Labyrinth. Beijing Cultural Exhibition Centre. Beijing, China


Awards and grants:

  • 2018-19 Artist Grant, foundation Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
  • 2014-16 Member of the National System of artists (SNCA), Mexico
  • 2014 Artist in residence, Xu Yuan Centre, Beijing, China
  • 2010 First prize, Exhibition programme of the European Commission Brussels, Belgium


Teaching activity:

  • 2020 Workshop at BDK Grundschultag, "Zwischen. Welten", University of Hildesheim, Institute for Fine Arts and Art Studies, department of Art Education
  • 2019 "Photo-graphite. Graphic recordings of light effects", Art Education Day 2019 of the BDK e.V. Regional Association Berlin/Brandenburg
  • 2018 Open Art Academy Academy of Fine Arts Berlin Weissensee, Workshop: "Photo-graphite. Recordings of light effects", Kunsthalle at Hamburgerplatz

The course took place in 2022.


The course language is English.