Capture the light with mirrors, dance with colored light, and use your hands, feet and entire body to make shadow art.

In the LightLab, the art is not in the composition of the physical objects on display, but rather in the use of light and shadows. The lab is designed to help you discover how light itself can be art, with the help of mirrors, lamps and your own body. Learn how to create shadows and reflections of various shapes and colors, enlarge and shrink them, and make them dance across the walls and ceiling. Use these surfaces as canvases for animating your creations, moving them around, changing their shape and getting them to play with those by other people. But be prepared for whatever you make to vanish again in an instant.

The installations in the LightLab were designed by the Taartrovers. They were inspired by the light and space in the rooms and the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum, and are composed of found materials.

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    Photo: LNDW Studio
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    Photo: LNDW Studio
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    Photo: LNDW Studio
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    Photo: LNDW Studio

Mirror display cases

Art is often presented in display cases, which puts all the focus on the objects therein. The LightLab turns this practice on its head: the artworks are still in display cases, but the focus is on what’s happening outside these cases. This is where you’ll be experimenting with mirrors and light reflections, making shadows move, expand and shrink, and working with others to make shadow art.

Light mobile

Shadows are difficult to capture, and may well be the ultimate form of impermanence. The movement and reflections of the light mobile produce an enchanting play of light that changes constantly and interacts with the shadows cast by the display cases.

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    Photo: LNDW Studio
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    Photo: LNDW Studio
  • photo of color dance
    Photo: LNDW Studio
  • photo of children playing with pendulum lamp
    Photo: LNDW Studio

Color Dance

If you could color your shadow, what color would you choose? What if you could dance with your shadow? The color dance lets you see your shadow in color while you dance with it. And when you need a break, find yourself a nice spot on the stairs and watch others do the color dance.

Pendulum Lamp

Do people only cast a single shadow or can they cast more than one? Crank the wheel and get moving. Swing your shadow back and forth and around. Can you move fast enough to keep up with your shadow?

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The Taartrovers are a collective of artists, designers and producers who develop artistic films, interactive projects, teaching materials and installations aimed at young children and their families. Their work invites children to explore, play, create and arrive at their own discoveries, thereby enabling them to shape their feelings, ideas and stories.

The LightLab was developed for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam by:

Saskia de Valk, Joris Ringers, Laura Jehle, Hans Westendorp, Floor Mulder, Petra de Valk, Tessa van Grafhorst, Floriaan Egbers, Matthias Maat, Ariaan Witteveen, Merith van 't Hoff, Iris van der Eijken, Remke Oosterhuis, Mik Rijnhart and Stien Meesters.

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