The northern light, aurora borealis, is the most spectacular and poetic light phenomenon of the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a phenomenon that has been astonishing people for thousands of years and inspired tribes who witnessed it to mythical stories. If you want to see it with your own eyes, you had best travel to the northernmost point of Sweden (like the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko national parc) or Norway. It may take patience though, because the northern light does not always show itself.
In Amsterdam we can now enjoy the northern light during the entire period of the festival, be it in the form of the work of art created by the Swedish light artist Alesksandra Stratimirovic. To this pioneer of light art (and author of the book You say Light I Think Shadow) the phenomenon of the northern light symbolizes friendship. By installing the already existing work in Amsterdam she hopes to convey this idea to the public. The breathtaking work extents itself across the canal and is programmed in such a way that an unpredictable curtain of light is created. Just like the real northern light this work will give you a magical experience.
The Stockholm-based artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic creates site-specific works in the public space. Her work is often exhibited in Sweden and abroad, in hospitals, schools, train stations and living spaces. In addition to her work as visual artist, Stratimirovic keeps herself busy as co-founder of the Lighting Guerrilla Festival in Ljublana, Slovenia as artistic director of the Belgrade Light Festival in Serbia.