The elegant work created by the French artist Géraud Périole is a seemingly simple intervention, but one with a monumental effect: like magic we imagine ourselves in a ballroom of a palace with the starry sky as a ceiling and everybody an invitee. And that’s exactly the idea behind this project. With Open Lounge Géraud Périole welcomes all the festival’s friends. Périole emphasizes that he is not an artist but a light designer, which doesn’t mean he isn’t a welcome guest at many festivals. A couple of years ago he started out with the design of extraordinary Christmas lights for Bordeaux and afterwards participated, among other things, in Arbres et Lumières in Genève and at Fête des Lumières in Lyon. Now he puts Amsterdam in a warm light, or rather: he uses the warm light he saw in the city for his own special project. Because one of the sources of inspiration for this work are the beautifully illuminated interiors of the canalside houses which can be seen here and elsewhere algong the canals (tip: take a peek inside around twilight, because at that time the curtains often have not yet been drawn.) Périole: ‘By taking outside the atmosphere from within I hope to create an inviting space out in the open air, a place where visitors can relax for a while and from which they will hopefully take away an unprecedented luxurious feeling.’
For more than 20 years, Géraud Périole has been working as a light designer. With these many years of experience, Périole understands how best to illuminate historical buildings, monuments and public spaces. He gained his technological knowledge by studying engineering. Ten years ago he started arranging the lighting for events; this is something he still does today. He challenges himself by combining technical innovation with artistic and poetic expression. He attempts to surprise the viewer by creating luminous and fleeting moments.