New images of bespoke lighting installation Thru – a collaboration between Aqua Creations and Tabanlıoğlu Architects

Thru – Veritas and Vision    installation, portrait of Albi Serfaty – image credit to Albi Serfaty

Thru – Veritas and Vision installation, portrait of Albi Serfaty – image credit to Albi Serfaty

October 2016: Lighting and Furniture Atelier Aqua Creations has collaborated with acclaimed Turkish architecture practice Tabanlıoğlu Architects on a bespoke installation, Thru, commissioned by lighting specialist Tepta. The commission is a part of "Day, Light, Night," a light exhibition under the curatorial direction of leading lighting designer Ulrike Brandi. Organised by Tepta to marks its 25th anniversary, the exhibition at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art opened on October 18th 

Internationally renowned for projects including the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Atatürk Cultural Center, Tabanlioglu Architects designed the installation. This comprises of a series of rectangular light panels hanging from the ceiling, covered by Aqua Creations' pleated silk in "Coal" colour. In the centre of the installation, Aqua Creations' founder and creative director Albi Serfaty designed a specially commissioned, square-shaped pendant Video Art Lamp (VAL).

The VAL features an exclusive video by Albi Serfaty titled “The Sun and The Moon”. He presents the viewers with footage from NASA’s solar dynamics observatory- colourful scenes of energy explosions from the sun, and close ups of the moon fill the square shaped screen. Utilising a patented addressable RGB LED technology to create the movie, Serfaty juxtaposes the concept of modern man made light with the origin of all light, the sun; therefore playing with the idea of natural versus artificial light. 

Certain panels and the floor of the installation are made of reflective material, amplifying the overall lighting experience as the VAL mimics the role of the sun, and acts as the main source of powerful illumination. Visitors walking through and around the installation are drawn towards a playful interaction of light, silk and mirrors where the viewer is compelled to experience light from different perspectives in a captivating unison of dimmable images, translucency and reflective effects.

“As someone who deals with light constantly and almost obsessively, I am always looking for a new source of light to work and play with and this time, I wanted to explore the opportunity of using up to date RGB LED technology as a source of light carrying a humanistic message."Albi Serfaty, Founder and Creative Director of Aqua Creations. 

“Through this project, we at TEPTA aimed to underline the collaboration between the design-oriented brands that we represent and the architects that we often work with. Collaboration is of utmost importance in creative projects. The artworks will help the visitors to experience natural light from different perspectives in an artificial space.” Özlem Yalım, Exhibition Coordinator, Head of Brand Strategy at TEPTA.

“We are always open to international alliances with the competent and leading figures of various disciplines. Under the curatorial direction of Ulrike and with TEPTA’s organisation, we are happy to be a part of another creative team and product, in collaboration with Aqua Creations. The installation, Thru, benefits from the lightness of silk and the reproduction capacity of mirror; together they establish a labyrinth, guiding towards the source of illumination. A simple and serene way to complement light.”  Melkan Gürsel, of Tabanlıoğlu Architects.


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About “Day Light Night “exhibition
TEPTA has organised a special light exhibition in honour of its 25th anniversary. The exhibition, at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, will run through January 22, 2017. 
The exhibition is organised to remark the importance of light in daily life and architecture. Invited artists, designers and architects apply their interpretations of natural light, by not imitating it but taking inspiration from it. Nine different installations and artworks take part in the exhibition, besides a two-day movie program and talk sessions on light and architecture.
The exhibition is organised with the patronage of the Consulate General of Italia in İstanbul. The exhibition venue is provided by the İstanbul Modern Museum.

About Aqua Creations
Aqua Creations is a lighting and furniture Atelier that was founded in 1994 as the small household business of photographer Albi Serfaty and artist Ayala Serfaty and has now grown into an international brand with global sales and displays in over 100 lighting and interior stores worldwide. In 2015, Aqua opened its SoHo NYC flagship showroom, located at 78 Grand Street, New York, NY, 10013. Aqua's pieces are all made to order by skilled artisans who individually hand craft using high specification materials. Aqua's hand fabrication and in-house design resource allow for bespoke options and custom designs for residential, commercial and hospitality uses. The lights are created using advanced and sustainable lighting technology with multiple options for color temperature and dimming control. All collections are exclusive and purchased only from Aqua Creations and its worldwide affiliates.

About Albi Serfaty
Albi Serfaty was born in Jerusalem in 1960. He studied photography at the Anton Levkovitz's Academy of Photography in Jerusalem becoming a professional photographer. His experience as a photographer gives him insight on different lighting techniques and the ways in which light can be captured and in 1994, together with Ayala Serfaty, he founded furniture and lighting atelier Aqua Creations, bringing his unique expertise to the brand. Divided between New York and Tel Aviv Jaffa, he is the founder and creative director of Aqua Creations.

TEPTA is a solution partner providing service to architects, designers, electrical engineers and end users in the field of lighting since 1991. TEPTA services varies from small – or large-scale project designing and "accurate" lighting consultancy to sales of products of leading lighting brand, supervision and inspection services, after-sale installation and maintenance services. Tepta achieves its success in its efforts thanks to its experiences staff consisted architects, marketing experts and technical team. TEPTA is the lighting sponsor of İstanbul Modern museum since its foundation.

About the Curator
Born in 1957, Ulrike Brandi is an industrial designer who took lectures from pioneers in Hamburg such as Dieter Rams. Some of her lighting projects include lighting master plans of cities like London and Rotterdam, British Museum, Hamburg Philharmonic, Mercedes-Benz Museum. Still a director in her own company and giving lectures in the lighting institute where she is the founder, Brandi is a pioneering figure in her field. 

About Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Tabanlıoğlu Architects is established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu and his father Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, and Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined the group as partner in 1995. İstanbul-based architectural firm, with its long family tradition since 1950, started with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, architect of Çankaya Mosque, Erzurum Atatürk University, Atatürk Cultural Center, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Galleria ‘the first shopping mall of Turkey’. Spanning over six decades, the office demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how. Tabanlıoğlu Architects develop innovative, yet efficient and economically viable design alternatives for residential buildings, offices, industrial facilities, shopping malls and transformation projects considering the uniqueness of the “place” and the individuality of “requirements”. Some of their recent works being the first loft of Turkey Levent Loft & Loft Gardens,  mixed use urban complex Kanyon,  the tallest high-rise building of Istanbul, residential Sapphire Tower; contemporary urban complex Zorlu Center; Media Centers in Turkey and abroad,  office buildings such as ESAS Aeropark; Zorlu Levent, Selçuk Ecza; Palace of Peace (with Foster and Partners), Astana Arena, Astana Media Center, and Astana Train Station ; public projects like Tripoli Congress Center, Sirte Lounge in Libya, Sipopo Congress Center in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and Dakar Congress Center in Senegal; Hotel Rixos Libertas in Dubrovnik, Al-Fattan Crystal Towers in Dubai as well as  innovative shopping mall projects E5, Marmara Forum and M1Meydan in Istanbul, Asmacatı in İzmir, Piazza in Samsun and many others.

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