children of the light: between light

every evening until 21 June 2019

Until 21 June 2019 you can enjoy a light-music installation in the Oude Kerk during the blue hour (the hour before the sun has set). The artist duo Children of the Light created, especially for the Oude Kerk, a new light installation, Between Light. Every evening organist and composer Jacob Lekkerkerker plays a live soundscape on the restored Vater-Müller organ, while in the axis of the church the 25-meter-long light installation of Children Of The Light is slowly moving.

Last fall, the Oude Kerk invited Children of the Light to develop new work. The result is Between Light: a site-specific installation that celebrates the interplay of light and architecture in the church. The suspended line, naturally bent by gravity, seems to float. At first glance the light seems static, but soon you discover a long breath of changing perspectives: the light moves smoothly in the distance, away from you, ready for a new breath. The 24-minute sequence is a balanced choreography of gravity, time and space. The light hypnotizes, encourages reflection and makes you aware of the principle of disappearing and returning, of day and night, of the stable and reliable rhythm of sunrise and sunset.

symbiosis of light and sound
Organist and composer Jacob Lekkerkerker (1975) composed a soundscape for the light installation of Children of the Light. The composition unfolds over time, over a period of forty days. Every day, when the sun goes down, Lekkerkerker plays a live soundscape on the Vater-Müller organ, supplemented with loudspeakers placed in the church that amplify the wind noise of the organ sound. Listeners determine their own perspective on sound in the space of the Oude Kerk while listening. The soundscape is played and recorded every evening. The forty sound layers that gradually arise, form the basis of the final composition. The installation Between Light can be seen daily from 14 May to 21 June from 10 am to 6 pm in the Oude Kerk. The symbiosis of sound and light can be experienced daily around sunset from (around) 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

children of the light
Children of the Light is a collaboration between Christopher Gabriel (NO, 1980) and Arnout Hulskamp (NL, 1978). Light plays the leading role in their abstract and atmospheric installations. They often work together with musicians and work as guest teachers at art academies. Their work has been shown in museums around the world.

jacob lekkerkerker
Composer, improviser and organist Jacob Lekkerkerker is a renowned pioneer, creating new musical experiences with organ, live electronics and in collaboration with musicians and artists. He explores the relationships between monumental architecture, the spatial sonority of organs and PA-systems, and musical behavior. Jacob has received numerous distinct awards for his work, including the Sweelinck-Müller Prize.

The light-music installation can be seen daily during the blue hour, the exact times and date can be found here:

13-17 May                   09:36 p.m.
18-22 May                   09:38 p.m.
23-27 May                   09:40 p.m.
28 May – 1 June        09:42 p.m.
2-6 June                      09:43 p.m.
7-11 June                   09:44 p.m.
12-16 June                  09:45 p.m.
17-21 June                 09:46 p.m.

between light
children of the light
14 May – 21 June 2019
oude kerk, oudekerksplein (wallen), amsterdam
daily 10.00 am – 06.00 pm, Sunday 01.00 – 05.30 pm

symbiosis of light and sound
daily, 09.30 – 10.00 pm

photographer: peter tijhuis