Levend Lichtje

by Jakoba Havinga

I studied art at Hanze University, Academie Minerva in Groningen. I am fascinated by bioluminescence and electronic art, so it's no surprise that light is a central theme in my work.

Traditional craftsmanship and technical mastery are very important to me. The best description of myself would probably be a 'maker'. Which I would describe as someone who is constantly battered by new ideas. Fortunately I'm able to actually make most of them too.

I'm also a wife of a pianist/philosophy teacher, and a mother of two little boys. The combination of all the above results in my two small boys having rock-solid confidence that mom can repair all their toys.

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I have been fascinated by bioluminescence for a long time. Some animals and fungi emit light, in patterns or all over their body, flashing or continuous. It’s not just fireflies. Some species of plankton also emit light, as do fish, jellyfish, deep sea creatures – and some grid-itemrooms. They look almost like fairytale creatures.

Electricity is a lot like magic. Everyone uses it, yet few people wonder why it works, or how. Often, electrical devices have typically technical designs: geometric and strong shapes are very common. Though sometimes playful or elegant, it never looks like nature. Yet electricity is a natural phenomenon.

We often use electricity as a light source. Bioluminescence is a form of light (chemoluminescence) that looks a lot like the electrical form of light (electroluminescence). This resemblance inspired me to make art that lights up. But not just any light would do: It had to look and feel natural. Not the light from a clearly visible lamp, but light from a natural phenomenon. The combined magic of bioluminescence and electroluminescence.

I started to create my Wisp Lights. They continue to provoke a specific question from my guests: are those real grid-itemrooms?

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