For the seventh edition of Amsterdam Light Festival, more than 650 artists, designers and architects submitted their trailblazing concepts. The jury, which consists of experts on the intersection of art, culture, innovation and science, had the difficult task of making a selection. The festival is going to keep the artworks that are going to illuminate the city centre of Amsterdam a secret for now. However, you can already meet the judges.
Lennart Booij (Jury chair, NL)
Since 2016, Lennart Booij has been artistic director of Amsterdam Light Festival. He completed his PhD on the French glass artist and light architect Lalique in 2013, and spent a year as curator of the design department of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2016 Booij was named crown member of the national Council for Culture because of his broad background in media, science and the arts.
Birgit Lohmann (DE)
Birgit Lohmann is founder and editor-in-chief of digital architecture and design magazine designboom.com. Before she launched this platform, she worked as industrial designer and was art director at Italian furniture brand De Padova. As historical researcher she also worked for governments and auction houses.
Caroline Prisse (NL)
Artist Caroline Prisse has exhibited at home and abroad and various museums and galleries, including Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Corning Museum of Glass in New York, have acquired her work. She is the former head of the glass department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has been the director of Van Tetterode Glass Studio in Amsterdam since 2014.
Rick Dolphijn (NL)
As philosopher, Rick Dolphijn is connected to the department Media- and Culture Sciences of the University Utrecht. Additionally, the University of Hong Kong appointed him Honorary Professor. His research focuses on media and cultural theory, contemporary art, and developments in philosophy. Some of his latest books are New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (w/I. van der Tuin) and Philosophy After Nature (w/ R. Braidotti, ed.).
Imara Limon (NL)
Curator and program maker Imara Limon is a rising star in the museum world. In 2016 she worked for the Amsterdam Museum on an exposition focussing on role models of colour in the city. She was named ‘Museum Talent of the Year’ in 2017. Currently, she develops a program called ‘New Narratives’ for the Amsterdam Museum that shows art collections from a new perspective in order to advance inclusivity in the museum world. Limon is adviser of the Mondriaan Fonds and AFK, and board member of Kunsten ’92.
Flora Lysen (NL)
Flora Lysen is PhD candidate at the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam and program coordinator for ARIAS, the Amsterdam Research Institute for the Arts and Sciences. In her thesis, she examines the rise of public demonstrations of brain science in the twentieth century, particularly the use of new media (film, television, exhibitions) to show the "brain at work". Before starting her PhD, Lysen worked as curator, researcher and teacher for several cultural institutions, including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
Willem ter Kuile (NL)
Willem ter Kuile is CEO of Arsis Street Lighting, a company that specializes in lighting solutions for public spaces. Since 2010, Arsis has been focussing solely on LED lighting. For the municipality of Amsterdam, Arsis created contemporary versions of the ‘Kroonlantaarn’ and the ‘Ritterlantaarn’ that echo their original, classical look. Over 10,000 lanterns were placed along the canals in the city centre.