Luftwerk Installation to Illuminate Farnsworth House

“INsite” exhibition uses architecture as a canvas for multimedia experience

The critically-acclaimed artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, known as Luftwerk, will bring INsite, a temporary public art exhibition, to Farnsworth House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. From October 17-20, 2014, INsite will illuminate the modernist structure with 10 video projections that display a cohesive, fluid video composition and feature original music by Chicago-based percussionist Owen Clayton Condon.

“With Farnsworth House’s international reputation as a modernist landmark that pushes architectural boundaries, the site is an ideal setting for Luftwerk’s unique vision and innovative, sensory experience,” said Maurice D. Parrish, director of Farnsworth House. “As we work to secure a sustainable future for Farnsworth, INsite is a great way for us to attract new audiences and showcase the house as it has never been seen or illuminated before.”

“With INsite we intend to celebrate the structural minimalism and transparency of the Farnsworth House,” said Petra Bachmaier. “Once illuminated the planes of the architecture appear to float in darkness with projected light travelling through the glass walls, creating a myriad of reflections. INsite brings a heightened awareness of the house's innate characteristics; it dissolves the structure and distills it into an experience of light and space.”

Dozens of Luftwerk exhibitions merging video and light with material, surface, and structure have been featured in cities around the U.S. and the world, including installations in Hamburg, Germany; Moscow, Russia; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House are among the diverse locations where their work has appeared. With this October exhibit in Plano, Illinois, INsite’s site-specific video and sound installation will complement the structural minimalism and transparency of Farnsworth House. The exhibition will be curated by Steve Dietz, artistic director of Northern

Tickets for INsite go on sale August 1, 2014. To purchase tickets, please visit the Farnsworth website at:

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About Luftwerk
Luftwerk is the collaborative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero whose new media installations merge video and light with material, surface, and structure, shaping content into an immersive sculptural experience. Their work illuminates the realm of special events, live performance, gallery and public venue, in locations as diverse as MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, Emirates Palace, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House.

INsite is made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign, support from Northern through an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and NEC Display Solutions.

About Northern Lights
Northern is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to artists working innovatively in the public sphere, exploring expanded possibilities for civic engagement and encourage pluralistic community.

About Farnsworth House
The Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951 along the Fox River  near Plano, Illinois, is one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture.



The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places., @SavingPlaces