Medialab Prado


Light, Space, and Perception · Workshop/working group

This workshop/working group led by Daniel Canogar, Julian Oliver and Pablo Valbuena aims to conduct research and experiments with the use of light, projection, and visual perception in different settings, gathering people from fields including architecture, visual arts, urbanism, stage and set design, programming, physics, optics, psychology, and the physiology of perception.

> Program of sessions 2008-2009
> Workshop I: january 2009
> Workshop II: March 2009
> Selected proposals
> Expenses of this activity during 2009 (pdf)


The sun’s shadow is the earliest type of projection known to us, and Egyptian and Greek sun dials are the origin of controlled projection. With the advent of artificial light sources, controlled projections were developed, such as shadow plays and magician's illusionary techniques.
In recent history, controlled artificial light sources and their use in photography, the cinema, and moving pictures have multiplied new projection possibilities. These include the use of light as a material to the projection of moving images on a variety of surfaces: buildings used as screens, research in physics on the qualities of light or ways of altering visual perception through controlling light.

Alberto Durero


Pablo Valbuena: Entramado - Plaza de Luz

Image: Entramado - Plaza de Luz, by Pablo Valbuena

Daniel Canogar: Clandestinos

Image: Clandestinos at la Puerta de Alcalá, by Daniel Canogar

Core subjects:

  • Light and the city. Urbanism, media-façades, the fusion of physical and digital urban spaces.
  • Augmented Reality, the use of projections on three-dimensional surfaces and physical objects, the use of light as a material.
  • Set and stage design and the creation of atmospheres through the projection of light: perspective, optical illusions, etc.
  • Investigation of the qualities of our visual perception and its limits.


-architects and urban planners interested in the use of light in public spaces
-visual artists
-set and stage designers
-programmers (applications in real time, generative and visualization systems...)
-physicists and specialists in optics
-sociologists, anthropologists
-psychologists, neurophysiologists
-other interested persons


The work will be structured through monthly sessions (Thursdays from 4:30pm to 8:30pm) and production workshops (see open call)

Scheduled sessions 2008-2009

    May 22, 2008

4:30 pm: Creating Dynamic Spaces with Projections, mini-workshop by hc gilje

7 pm: Conversations with Spaces, lecture by hc gilje (open to the public)


    June 27, 2008
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm: Visit to the works by Paul Friedlander at the máquinas&almas. Arte digital y nuevos medios exhibition, at Reina Sofía Museum.
6 pm - 7:30 pm: Outside Time, lecture by Paul Friedlander at Medialab-Prado (open to the public)
8 pm - 9 pm: Lecture by Theo Jansen, encounters with artists exhibiting at máquinas&almas. Arte digital y nuevos medios. Museo Reina Sofía

    October 30, 2008

Julian Oliver: Perceptual Play: Optical Illusion Art as Radical Interface

(4:30 pm: mini-workshop / 7 pm: talk)


    November 6, 2008

7 pm: The Long Here, the Big Now, and other tales of the networked city, lecture by Adam Greenfield


    December 18, 2008
4:30h: Gathering of work groups to present  and discuss the selected proposals
7 pm: Light, more Light! From Goethe to Las Vegas, talk by Félix Duque
    January 8 -11, 2009
Workshop I: Presentation of selected proposales and fist stage of prototype development [+info]

    March 27 - 29, 2009
Workshop II: Second stage of prototype development [+info]

More information:


Visual Arts:

Anthony Mccall

James Turrell

Olafur Eliasson

David Hoffos

Tony Oursler -

Exposición From Spark to Pixel

Gregory Barsamian

Set Design:

Robert Wilson


Johnny Chung Lee

videobjects -


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