Language of lighting


Language of lighting


What is architectural lighting? Ask Dorit Malin, a pioneer in the art

FORM OF COMMUNICATION: Dorit Malin (below) and an installation.

IN Europe, the name Dorit Malin is synonymous with the art of architectural and sculpture lighting which is still a budding academic subject. It was she who played a crucial role in bringing up this art form to the mainstream level. Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Malin possesses extensive experience in creating lighting installations, theatre and architectural work. Twenty years ago she worked with the famous Ballet Rambert in England and now mainly works out of her home in Israel.

This February she returned to England for the ELDA Lighting Birmingham Conference and for an international symposium on multi-culture in theatre, billed as “Many Voices”, at the famous Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, London wo viagra online bestellen.

Transition to public spaces

Sitting in the calm and picturesque campus of Rose Bruford College, Malin says that she “is always fascinated by the move from theatre to architectural lighting as it always entails a closer contact with light that occurs when installations are taken out of the constraints of theatre and into the public spaces”, though this transition was both quite natural as well as unexpected for her.[singlepic id=27 w=320 h=240 float=]

“After 17 years of active professional involvement in theatre and modern dance lighting and stage designing, suddenly I left the profession to realise later that lighting is still my deep passion and I returned,” reflects Malin, who didn’t complete her masters in fine arts (MFA) in Lighting Design and Theatre Administration from Tel Aviv University.

However, she was very much involved in the profession and currently serves as Professor of Architectural Lighting and Design at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and the Holon Academic Technique Institute of the School of Architecture, along with her hectic artistic activities and visiting assignments at several schools.


What drew her towards architectural lighting, which is still in its formative state the world over? “I wanted to do architectural and sculpture lighting before 1980, I really don’t know why and looked for a university course, but such a profession didn’t exist at that time and I was both confused and upset during that period of my life.”

But her determination showed her the way. “I travelled and visited several museums in Paris and other places and learned a lot from that; it was amazingly inspiring and was a pointer to my future. It was only in 1983 that academic courses in architectural lighting came to European countries” and by then she had already become a reputed name.


“From my experience, I feel that as you go along you invent your own history; when I started studying theatre and dance lighting, I felt something deep inside me, as my first memory from childhood is of the lighting at a synagogue next to my house. It was from a time when there were not even street lights in Israel; the full moon above the synagogue inspired me and developed my inner aesthetics”, adds Malin nostalgically.

She feels that another childhood incident also influenced her in building her artistic career. At the age of four-and-a-half, along with her mother, Malin went to the United States in a boat and the journey took one month. On the way they took a break in Naples (Italy) and visited the Blue Cave in Capri Island, “which, looking back, I feel tremendously influenced the shape of my career.”

The real change “happened in me when I was 21 and doing set designing, as, during that period, I underwent some lighting classes as well. I understood that my brain works visually and not on the words delivered on the stage by the characters”, she adds.

What is, in fact, architectural lighting? “It’s not merely fixing lights on buildings and sculptures. Architectural lighting is also not about beauty, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Architectural lighting is a language, a form of communication. This works in the subconscious, like music; it makes people happy and balanced as well as highly creative and is spiritual as well in some dimensions. It is still growing and being recognised all over the world.”

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