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The Peter-und-Luise-Hager Preis (Peter and Luise Hager prize) was announced for the fifth time at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (Saar Academy of Fine Arts – HBKsaar) in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2016. This competition is to honour students for outstanding work and concepts dealing with the sensual experience and communication of technical, social and cultural processes.
The competition gave students the freedom to choose how they wanted to translate the theme of ‘Netz’, a German word meaning network, grid or web, into a work of art.
Martin Fell, a winner of the Peter and Luise Hager prize 2016, has illuminated our Research and Application Centre in Blieskastel with atmospheric effect. Martin Fell has been studying Media Art at HBKsaar in Saarbrücken, Germany since 2010. His work, called Phōs, centres on the use of a self-built photo plotter.
Phōs, φωτός photós, an ancient Greek genitive noun, means light, stem of photography, thus ‘drawing with light’.
Martin Fell: "Light itself is invisible. If there were no light, the world around us would be invisible, too. Only when light and matter are combined do pictures emerge, providing us with information about what exists.
I use a self-built photo plotter to delineate surfaces and places, thus altering how they are perceived. I see light as an artistic medium, a link between that which is perceivable and that what could be. I deal intensively with this interface in my work, looking for links between the imaginary photograph and the found.
My only tool here is a single laser beam. This concentrated spot of light becomes a pen. The building becomes the paper. The surface textures and materiality determine the specific refraction and reflection of the light spot. Its intensity it altered by the speed and the ambient light.
No clear picture can be made out while the drawing is taking place. An insignificant light spot simply darts around for several minutes, forming a pathway. I use long-exposure photography to record the whole process, which allows me to track these movements and piece them together to create an image.
The individual phases of the dot's movements are compressed over time in the after-image, forming lines which in turn create networks and depict an outline. The light, the elapsed time and the building are inextricably connected to each other on this level."
Designed to function as a sort of green power plant, the Research and Application Centre at Hager Group headquarters in Blieskastel constantly analyses and optimises its energy consumption in an intelligent way. Self-learning and foresighted, the building develops strategies to ensure its own energy is generated and stored more efficiently. The project was praised for its concept back in 2015 by the nationwide initiative ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’, which awarded it the prestigious title of ‘Excellent place in the land of ideas’. For more information, click here.