Geometry of Light | Farnsworth House


Geometry of Light, Farnsworth House, Chicago, IL October 11-13, 2019

Geometry of Light was a three-night light and sound art installation at the iconic Mies van der Rohe designed Farnsworth House, in Plano, Illinois, coinciding with the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Completed in 1951 and opened to the public in 2004, the Farnsworth House was the weekend home of Chicago research physician Dr. Edith Farnsworth. This outdoor intervention uncovered the forgotten history of the site and remnants of earlier landscape by revealing the underlying geometries that relate the world-renowned house to its river floodplain, site topography, and key trees that no longer exist. In concert with the projected light, a custom-designed sound piece by Oriol Tarragó is integral to this experience. Developed in direct response to the site, this auditory component uses the pitch of the space to create a tonal reading. Together these elements provide a new interpretation of the Farnsworth House and its extraordinary location.

Geometry of Light premiered in February 2019 at the German Pavilion in Barcelona designed by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. The installation was presented as part of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe’s ongoing program of artistic interventions also corresponding with the LLUM BCN Festival and the Santa Eulàlia Festival.
New City
National Trust for Historic Preservation

In collaboration with
Iker Gil
Sound design
Oriol Tarrago
Andy Kauff
Kate Joyce
Video documentation
Most Visual
Normal Design
Leading institutional support
Wunderbar Together, Federal German Federal Foreign Office, Goethe-Institut, Federation of German Industries (BDI), Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Bosch Power Tools – North America
Leading individual support
Chuck Thurow

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places and inspires Americans to save the places where history happened. Their mission is to protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action to save these places, inspire broad public support, and foster a deep sense of community, commitment, and passion for saving places.




MAS Context is a not for profit organization based in Chicago that addresses issues that affect the urban context. The organization develops its work through publications, public events, and art installations. Each publication delivers a comprehensive view of a single topic through the active participation of people from different fields and different perspectives who, together, instigate the debate.

Since its foundation in 2009, MAS Context has published 31 issues collaborating with over 500 contributors and has organized dozens of public events in Chicago and other cities.

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