Gabriel Lester

In a joint programme with the Theaterschool’s Scenography Department and the Film masters, the Academy of Architecture invited in Gabriel Lester to develop new educational projects as part of the International Year of Light. Lester organised three symposiums, entitled Dawn, Day and Dusk, and which guest speakers from home and abroad explored every aspect of light. 

At the Light workshop, Lester, Thomas Dieben, Uri Rapaport, Bart Visser and Gert Anninga oversaw fifteen research projects conducted by the participating students. The results of these projects were presented at an exhibition at de Theaterschool. Lester concluded his residency with a series of form study classes on matte painting, the glass painting technique used in film set design.

Seminar 1: Dawn

Friday 6 February 2015, with:

Marieke Baan, Netherlands Research School for Astronomy
Peter Hanselaer, Light & Lighting Laboratory
Toine Schoutens, FluxPlus Healthy Lighting
Aaron Schuster, Philosopher

Seminar 2: Day

Friday 13 March 2015, with:

Milo Grootjen, Astronomer
Marco Pasi, Philosopher
Richard Out, Lighting designer
Ernst van de Wetering, Art historian

Seminar 3: Dusk

Friday 22 May 2015, with:

Henk van der Geest, Lighting designer
Giny Vos, Artist
Guido van Gennep, Director of Photography
Juliette Nielsen & Sjoerd van Beers, Lighting designers

About Gabriel Lester

Gabriel Lester is an artist and film director. A graduate of the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, he has since lived and worked in several countries and is currently teaching at the Rietveld Academy. Lester makes films, spatial installations and video installations. He complements his solo practice through the interdisciplinary collaborative venture PolyLester. Lester is represented by Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam.


A Flexible Mind, Gabriel Lester interviewed by Nik Berkouwer (ON AIR 2015-16)