VIDERE | Lumen [video]

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Kate Lain | Comments (2)

Videre, Latin for to see, is a video series that plays with the idea of re-seeing. The short works featured here are explorations of sights, sounds, and sensing at The Huntington.

Lumen is Latin for light, and is also a unit of how much light is generated by a source, the brightness perceived by the human eye. “Lumen” is a short work that plays simultaneously with light and our experience of it.

“Lumen” was shot in the light and optics gallery of the permanent exhibition “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World” in the Dibner Hall of the History of Science. The filaments that glow orange come from hand-blown bulbs from the early 20th century, and the other featured bulbs come from The Huntington’s historical lamp collection that ranges from the 1890s to the 1960s.

Also in the Videre series:
"A Song of Pebble and Line"
"Calendula Collection"
"A Study in Simulacra"

Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.


Ha ha, you're too funny! So glad you enjoyed it.


Beautiful! The sights and the sounds are intrancing. I hope was not just hypnotised and made to give up government secrets. Uhoh! Wait, I'm good. I don't know any. Whew, that was a close one. No seriously, I really loved it.

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