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1/12 2012

Course “Light art and Design of light”. School of Design

Martinelli captured the shadows of visitors after a flash of light had blown them through the mesh of a net leaning against the wall…
Pierre Restany

TEACHER: arch. Gisella Gellini
ASSISTANT: arch. Monica Moro

Introduction and aims of the Course:
The course is aimed at knowing about lighting in the city landscape (Urban Landscape Lighting Design), taking a cultural approach to light, not only seen as a technical factor, but also as an artistic and expressive one. Central in the development of the course are the research and discovery of the relations between the world of the contemporary “Light Art” and the field of experimentation and specific interventions of Lighting Design, with particular attention to the installations, works and events that are settled in the territory of the city: Art and Design focused on the new dimensions of the public communication, materials in the urban environment.

The course is divided into three phases:

- The first is propaedeutic, based on a series of ex-cathedra lectures on issues of color, light, sound and perception. Meetings are scheduled with experts in various fields, lighting designers for the show, events and curators of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

- The second part is based on meetings with Artists of the Light Art and Lighting Designers, who will illustrate, through their direct testimony, the motivations, techniques and practical implementations of the works, giving an overview of the different ways to use light in various events.
Students will be required to collect the stories into a book.
There will be a guided tour of the permanent Collection of “Environmental Art” – Villa Panza-Varese.

-The third part will see the students engaged in the development of a design concept, taking into account current issues of energy conservation and valorisation of resources.

-The course will conclude with the presentation of their work by the students, in institutionally qualified venues.

During the course, a roundtable will be programmed, which will be attended by experts in design, in the artistic field, event organizers, cutting-edge businesses of light products and stockholders.
The theme: “Culture of light in urban landscape”

Graduated in Architecture in Florence with maximum score and honours, Gisella Gellini, after a three years cooperation with Studio Leonardo Savioli in Florence, moved to São Paulo – Brasil. Here participated to the design and construction of important buildings such as the School of Arts and Music Santa Marcellina, while continuing to improve her education by following courses on Experimental Aesthetics. At her return to Italy set-up and managed a gallery of antiques and modern arts. From the beginning of this century improved her knowledge of Light Art in cooperation with Dr. Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and became one of the most qualified experts of this subject. Presently teaches at Politecnico di Milano and organizes, as curator, exhibitions of Light Art in Italy and abroad. Has written articles on this subject on different specialized magazines and has published various books. For more details go to the other sections of site:

Monica Moro was born in Sweden and then transferred to Italy.
After the degree in architecture with a master in Industrial Design at the Domus Academy, she has been design studio collaborator at Andrea Branzi’s studio, and has also collaborated with Antonio Petrillo, Clino Trini Castelli, Anna Gili and Alessandro Mendini and Gisella Gellini.
She is freelance designer for several Italian and international clients and external researcher at the LNU University in Sweden and at the Color Laboratory of Indaco department of Politecnico di Milano, where she also does teaching activities, in the fields of Design and Color.

Mario Martinelli was born in Treviso in 1944. He studied Literature at the University of Padova, where he later completed his PhD. in Contemporary Art. At the same time Mario Martinelli also studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. He’s teaching Art History.
Martinelli’s work as a theorist and as a teacher has always gone hand-in hand with his research as a practising artist. This research has evolved within a very personal theme of inward reflection, beginning in 1969 with his first ‘unwoven canvas’. Chequered patterning on a surface, intended as a pure convention, is the unifying and recurring theme of all Martinelli’s work, beginning with the ‘stessuti’ ‘unwovens’ of the 1970s-1980s to the ‘traspareti’ which followed, the interplay of light and shadow both on canvass and on the walls of buildings.
Since the early 1990s Martinelli’s traspareti have taken on the shape of the shadows that live within them, becoming metaphysical ‘pirates’, real entities which enjoy the ambiguous status of being both objects and, at the same time, doubles of the spirit, it’s the shadows-in-the-net.
He exhibited at the 1992 Biennale in Lausanne and at the 1995 Venice Biennale expositions.
Since then, Mario Martinelli has travelled the world and flashed and blown among the city walls the passer-bys’ shadows, thereby emancipating them from the bodies they belonged to and showing them on a screen which disappears little by little. They so become an ephemeral monument of the miraculous inconsistence of men, their get-to-know themselves and their own disappearance (exhibited in Venice, Milan, Paris, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo…)
When covered with the mesh of a net, these shadows, like new plastic graffiti, permanently surface on the city walls, which Martinelli insists on humanizing.
Art galleries and public institutions worldwide have taken an interest in Martinelli’s art concept and are showing it via exhibitions and catalogues. Art critiques and historians believe this is a touching contribution to the contemporary feeling of lost identity and loneliness as well as a reaction against modern-day cities’ indifference to men.

Fabrizio Corneli was born in Florence on 1958. 1976 graduation from a secondary school for scientific studies, in Siena. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence where he graduated in 1980. 1979 first show: “Le alternative del nuovo” held at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome; exhibited works using shadows and light, elements that would distinguish his work over time. Since ’79 the artist has held numerous one-man and group exhibitions in many countries. 2000 first oneman show in Japan at the Gallery Mssohkan – Kobe, and in 2001 oneman show at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, a permanent public installation in Kobe and in 2003 oneman show in Yokohama Portsite Gallery. 2005 in occasion of the Aichi Expò in Nagoya creates a shadow portrait of the “Satiro danzante” exposed with the greek original sculpture. 2007 in the central quarter of Sannomya at Kobe the first sunlight installation on Sannomya Tower. Today Fabrizio Corneli lives and works in Florence.



  1. 01/12/2012

    Ringrazio per l’informazione e per la qualità

  2. Ilaria

    Incontro con l’ombra… bellissimo!