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Katarzyna Jasinska - "Light and Darkness. A space for artistic activities"

23 of January '23
Technical data
Type: undergraduate thesis
Year of defense: 2022
Author: Katarzyna Jasińska
University: Faculty of Interior Design at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

Prof. Elżbieta Pakuła-Kwak

Work submitted for the competition
"Best Interior Diploma 2021/2023".

Artistic Activity Space "Light and Darkness" is a concept of combining two extreme, yet non-existent worlds without each other. The work consists of two basic spaces: the part that hosts light, and the one plunged into darkness. The whole is designed to bring the visitor into a reality that encourages contemplation of this contrast, to reflect on the strength of this juxtaposition, and at the same time on how these two realities seamlessly transition from one to the other and constantly intermingle.

Because of the atmosphere, it is also a place conducive to artistic activities. The projection of the structure is based on a drawing by Paul Klee, which gave the space an unprecedented dynamic.

Przestrzeń działań artystycznych, rzut Przestrzeń działań artystycznych, aksonometria

The projection of the space is inspired by a drawing by Paul Klee

© Katarzyna Jasinska

light: exhibition space

In the part belonging to the title Light is the exhibition space. It is a spacious room, rich in sunlight, overlooking the greenery. This room has been enriched with color variants of lighting. The circles delineated by the floor pattern correspond to the circles formed by LED lamps placed on the ceiling; they can shine in any color. Further into the room is a café, also overlooking the display and the greenery outside the window. There are also other necessary social rooms, hidden behind the walls of the exhibition space.

Przestrzeń działań artystycznych, hol

art activity space, lobby

© Katarzyna Jasinska


Entering the building, one finds oneself in a massive lobby, and one's eye is caught by the path created by the light coming in through a skylight in the roof. The path leads down a ramp, narrows and admits less and less light. It leads to the second key sphere of the entire building - the space where darkness prevails. The end of the path of light, as well as the end of the ramp leading into the lowest parts of the building, is topped by a waterfall flowing in through a gap left in the roof.

Światło - przestrzeń wystawiennicza

Light - exhibition space

© Katarzyna Jasinska

darkness: exhibition space

Turning to the right from the waterfall, one reaches the main hall representing the Darkness. In this huge space, natural light creeps in slightly only at the entrance. Further on, even if one strains one's eyesight, impenetrable darkness prevails. In the middle of the room is an indentation in the line of the wall, resulting from a drawing by Paul Klee. Here a light-inspired, large-scale art installation is placed. This is a room where various artistic activities can take place. Multimedia exhibitions or other light-related shows can be held here. This also does not exclude exhibitions with the complete exclusion of visual aspects, based on other senses of hearing, smell or touch.

Mrok - przestrzeń wystawiennicza

Darkness - an exhibition space

© Katarzyna Jasinska

materials and lighting

The entire structure is constructed of architectural concrete. As in Tadao Ando's greatest works, the rawness of the concrete harmonizes with the natural light streaming in. In the first exhibition space, tinted concrete was used on the floor to create circles corresponding to the circles formed by the LED lamps placed in the stretch ceiling. A large glazing made of bent glass according to the shape of Paul Klee's drawing also plays an important role in this interior. For this, high-transparent solar control glass was used, so that the room does not heat up excessively.

Przestrzeń wystawiennicza Trasa prowadząca do przestrzeni Mroku

In the first exhibition space, tinted concrete was used on the floor,
to create circles corresponding to the circles formed by the LED lamps

© Katarzyna Jasinska

The roof above the circular room is made of sheet metal, reflecting the sky. The remaining surface of the roof is covered with greenery, which blends seamlessly with the nature surrounding the building.

The space of artistic activities "Light and Dark" is first of all a meeting place: man with man, thought and art, viewer with image, artist with viewer and new challenges. It is a place of combining different worlds, contrasts that do not exist without each other - a place where Light and Darkness meet.

Katarzyna JASIÑSKA

Illustrations: © Author

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