The Uniting Lightstar
Ranging from the biggest alliance to the most intimate gesture: the theme of the project The Uniting Lightstar by Venividimultiplex is clearly friendship. To begin with we see from afar a multangular, luminous object. More precisely a dodecahedron, which, in its turn, consists of twelve pentagonal surfaces.That number corresponds with the number of stars in the European flag. Getting closer, you see numerous strings of blue light which connect all the points of this artificial star and which represent the continual relationships between the European countries and their inhabitants. The Uniting Lightstar contains another characteristic of friendship, namely the human capacity to boost friendships and let them grow. The sculpture has been positioned in such a way that it is part of both the boat route and the walking route and the festival’s visitors collectively control the intensity of the radiance of this diamant. With The Uniting Lightstar Venividimultiplex, an Amsterdam collective consisting of Onne Walsmit, Dirk Schlebusch and Joost van Bergen, wants to convey the essence of friendship in an iconic manner.
Joost van Bergen, Dirk Schlebusch and Onne Walsmit met during their studies at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam. Since 2012, they have been working together as Venividimultiplex, with the tagline ‘Let’s make things epic’. The design studio has worked on a range of projects in the fields of architecture, interior and conceptual design. With their interdisciplinary and interactive installations, Venividimultiplex attempts to push the boundaries.
They created the work Light Battle for Amsterdam Light Festival 2013-2014.