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Ground is an emotional lightscape. A reflection on the significance of belonging and on the way we nurture human connections. By focusing on simple tangible interactions it enables the thought of communication around digitality and the emptiness of social networks and mediums, instead with focus on meaning and beauty. Colour and movement patterns evolve like lights turn on in the distant cityscape, a meeting place reminding us that we are connected, grounded.


Carlos Valente is a visual artist working with light and image, his work concerns with ideas of time, contemplation and emotion through abstract representations. Originally born in Brazil time has taken him to pursue life around the world, by the time of this work he has lived in different cities around Portugal, Spain, England, Oman and Norway. Maybe a pursuit for a better way.

Work Description

The project to be presented is an interactive light art installation reflecting on concepts of time, nomadism and affect. It comes as an effort to create an empathic communication display that could outdo – or even better precede – intellectual in order to create deeper emotional connections in its experiencing.


The Road Here

The presented piece could well be called revision 13 as it comes from a series of work concerned with presentation of time spanning pieces. Firstly Form: a generative landscapes piece; and LED Life: an abstraction of AI into a lightscape. Although these will not be presented at the exhibition space I believe they are important for the consideration of this piece as they leave a trail of thought working up to this piece. Ground is an effort on achieving a work that is true to myself both in medium and in meaning, hence why I felt important to include a small biography in this document.

About the Project

Ground comes in two pieces: a wall mounted lightscape and a small wood and plexi glass sculpture. The lighscape presents slow nuances of ever changing patterns of colour in light driven by a minimal algorithm inspired in fluid simulations. The plexi glass piece (which I have been called the Link) is loaded with an array of LDR sensors, and on detecting ambient changes triggers fluctuations of temperature, colour and movement in the light piece.