Sottovoce by Huub Ubbens

Sottovoce by Huub Ubbens is currently on display inside the Public Gardens Indro Montanelli during the LED Light Exhibition Design 2010, Milan through January 10, 2011.

Located in front of the 17th century Palazzo Dugnani and Antonio Rosmini’s statue and a fountain, the project approaches light in a conceptual way by sharing a loop of 20 minutes of text, recited by Italian actors. These suggestive and analytical essays written by five illustrious authors are heard through matte-black cones that resemble oversized lampshades, in which one stands in the dark in self-reflection.

The five essays are: “In Praise of Shadows” by Junichiro Tanazaki, “De Umbris Idearum” by Giordano Bruno, “Light” by Ettore Sottsass and an interaction of two voices reading fragments from “Light in its artistic manifestations” by Hans Sedlmayr and “Light of Things” by Antonella Anedda. Each offers a different reflection on life: anthropological, poetical, metaphysical and historical.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.