The Luminous Box

KHM, Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Cologne / Germany, 2011

The Luminous Box

Location: a wasteland in Cologne-Buchforst / Germany
Material: found: a weathered lineside telephone box near an abandoned railway track; installed: an image printed on a transparent photo film, two solar panels, solar battery, charge controller, twilight control switch, LED strip
Dimensions: 60 x 100 x 60 cm

“The Luminous Box” is a weathered lineside telephone box, which represents a photo on luminous film in the front frame of the box. The site where the telephone box was found is an abandoned railway track in a wasteland by Cologne-Buchforst. The photo shows the telephone box itself and parts of the surrounding area, where the box was originally found. As soon as the sun sets, the twilight contol switch activates the LED strips behind the photo film and, similar to a light box, the photo becomes visible. So that this process could be repeated night after night, solar collectors were installed on the roof of the former telephone box and the solar battery was installed in the box itself. In this way, the former telephone box was converted into a perpetual “Luminous Box” in the darkness of the wasteland.



Ten days after the installation, the “Luminous Box” was broken open and looted by persons unknown. The solar collectors, the solar battery and the LED strip were taken. The box itself was still hanging in its original place.


Metalwork: Bernd Voss
Electrical installation: Martin Nawrath, Thorin Hopkins
Participants: Patrick Janney, Akiro Hellgardt, Alexander Paskal Forre
Camera: Vera Drehbusch, Timo Josefowicz, Denisa Voicu
Movie: Andrey Ustinov
Production: Academy of Media Arts Cologne

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