Ghost Lamps — Commissioned by Le Piaf Theater
in collaboration with Elliott Causse

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Ghost Lamps — Commissioned by Le Piaf Theater
in collaboration with Elliott Causse

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GHOST

- LAMPS

  • Commissioned by
    Martin Roch for Le Piaf Theater
  • Collaboration with
    Elliott Causse (Flux painting)
  • Place
    Le Piaf Theatre, Bernay (Normandy, France)
  • Date
    September 2019
  • Materials
    steel, sanded glass light bulb, digital motors, electronics, microcontroller, magnets, UV lights (for Flux painting revelation)
  • Dimensions
    160 cm (h) x 45 cm (w)
  • Photo credits
    © Raphael Gruez
First image

Ritual object, magic and enigmatic presence on the theater’s stage, the ghost lamp manifests the persistence of old superstitions and beliefs which are part to the Theater’s history.

With a minimalist and functional appearance, this standing low intensity electric lamp would ward the ghosts off the stage when the theater is immersed in the darkness at the end of the performances.
For some, on the contrary, the ghost lamp would welcome the spirits.
Posted at the fore stage, it appears as a guide which sets up a reassuring presence for the night.

Studio Elémentaires has chosen to redesign this symbolic and staple object for Le Piaf Theater.
Set up in the entrance hall, the Ghost Lamps we designed for Le Piaf Theater interact with the murals of the artist Elliott Causse.
At night, once the theater is closed, the Ghost Lamps wake up in a pendulum movement, their light shine in the dark before disappearing again. Instantly, the darkness reveals the invisible drawing of Elliott Causse’s Flux.

A monumental network of interlaced signs appears on the wall, as if the complete obscurity would wakes up the activity, the energies and the encounters which enliven the theater’s life.
This light presence, almost organic, questions the mysterious dimension of the ghost lamp while keeping an eye on the place.