Go and ‘Chase the Dark’ 2015!

On the 1st October 2015, hundreds of people around the world will be creating temporary mini-lighting instillations and then posting photos onto twitter with the #IALDchasethedark.  The hashtag will follow the setting sun westwards from Sydney, Australia, all the way to San Franscisco, USA, meaning the event lasts for 24 hours and 24 hours only.

The event began in 2013 when the International Association of Lighting Designers, supported by LED manufacturers acdc LED, looked for a way to start a global conversation about the beauty and innovation light can create.  Thus Chase the Dark was created.  The challenge they set people?  Make any image you wish using these LED light cubes in urban communities, and send them in using social media.  The results were these amazing images…



Sydney’s new street lighting!


See no light, hear no light, speak no light?!



Creation by Mizzi,  London


Final piece by Mizzi, London

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Could use them as replacement sparklers!


…and there are many more to be found.

In 2014, Chase the Dark got crafty and asked people to create lanterns from pieces of paper (and if they wanted to do the super difficult version, only using one piece of paper)! 23 cities took part and created these stunning designs:


Oculus Lighting Studio, Santa Monica Beach, Califronia

Oculus Lighting Studio, Santa Monica Beach, Califronia

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New York City Jellyfish


The set up at the Manchester event

The set up at the Manchester event


Is it a Snowflake or a Flower? Or is it both?

People of all abilities are encouraged to join in as rather than a competition, the event is about the creative lighting community, and how to expand it.  Also it aims to spread the message that lighting can be beautiful and fun, no matter how simple the design.

So what’s in store for 2015?  Well, the challenge if you choose to accept it, is to create a lighting effect using the flashlight function on a smartphone.  The links between lighting and mobile phones are vast but this is an unusual way to think about creating art with light, and will hopefully return some inventive results.  At least 30 cities have already signed up to join in the project so to see where your nearest event is happening and at what time, look on the IALD website today!

Chase the Dark

Further Resources:

The official page for the IALD Chase the Dark 2015: http://light2015.org.au/event/chase-the-dark/

Look at more photos from the Philadelphia 2013 event here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+TheLightingPracticeIncPhiladelphia/albums/5946535258490526097

Look at more photos from the Manchester event for 2014 here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/108029286@N05/sets/72157648478640052/

Here’s a video made by the IALD for the 2013 event:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZBRKuQf2x8


Abigail Houseman

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