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

Discover the aesthetic and communicative potential of light

Light is a tool for artistic work that is within everyone’s reach, but it is rarely used to its full potential. Which are the properties of light? Which of them can be disrupted and manipulated? Which aesthetic and communication potential could it have? How can I use them for my artistic practice?

In this workshop we will expand our perception and use of light by exploring its properties. By experimenting with the range of effects that natural and artificial light sources can generate color, form and the material of objects and spaces we will learn how to use the qualitative properties of light in two and three dimensions. The exercises on optical effects as well as on pigment and light colour combinations will help us to understand the multi-dimensionality of light.

The space-light experiments of Lászlò Moholy-Nagy (e.g. Light-Space-Modulator, 1930) and the
bidimensional works of Lyonel Feininger (e.g. Villa am Strande, 1920) will be our baseline to discover new possibilities of the colour, intensity, direction, and movement of light in our two- and three-dimensional experiments.

In this workshop, theoretical information will be provided and applied to practical exercises and experiments:

  • Light properties (based on the theory of light in the performing arts)
  • Light effect in space (three-dimensionality of the light and light effects)
  • Light on the surface (two-dimensionality of light: graphic notes of light and light effects)

The workshop is structured in a first phase of experimentation and a second phase of work on a specific project. The resulting projects will be presented to the public at the end of the workshop.


Learning objectives

The aim of the workshop is to explore the properties and multi-dimensionality of light in order to use them as tools in the artistic practice.


The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.

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

Vanessa Farfán | www.vanessafarfan.de

  • 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

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 12 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.