It shapes our shadows, saturates sunrise and sunset with glistening color.
It reveals us to one another and to ourselves.
It even helps define our place in the universe: We use it to measure the distance between ourselves and objects so far away in space that we'll never see them in real time.
It's light, and it shapes the world we live in.
Light is the seemingly simple focus of a free exhibition at Kaneko in Omaha. However, a glimpse at the installations, which delve into the artistic and scientific potential of light, reveals a complicated world of brightness and shadow.
Multimedia installations, like a kaleidoscopic "infinity room" by Refik Anadol and a cocoon-like web of acrylic, stainless steel and LED lights by Taylor Dean Harrison, invite both self-discovery and selfies. The cocoon made an appearance at Burning Man, as did a nearby exhibition of massive, glowing flowers by FoldHaus. The art offers a chance to lose yourself in light that shifts, exaggerates, and overwhelms the senses.
Once you find yourself again, there's science to consider. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extreme Light Laboratory, which explores the scientific potential of lasers and other forms of light and designed the world's brightest laser, created a group of videos and experiments that explain its work. There's also video from the Skyglow project, a years-long time-lapse photography experiment aimed at spreading the word about the dangers of light pollution.
If you can't travel to Omaha to see the exhibition before March 23, head to the Kaneko website for a teaser video that brings some of the multimedia components to life. You might well leave Light with stars in your eyes — and a new appreciation of the energy that defines everything around you.