Opening lecture Glasshütte Lamberts

Opening lecture at the First Transatlantic Stained Glass Symposium @ Glasshütte Lamberts, Waldsassen, Germany, 2016:


Between Tradition, the visual Arts and the Digital Technology



Adrien Lucca – Artist, independent researcher, color theory teacher at the national visual arts school La Cambre in Brussels, BE

Presentation: Between Tradition, the visual Arts and the Digital Technology: a digital stained glass project made of Lambert glass in a metro station in Montreal, CA

My art tries to be a visual equivalent of what music is in the field of audition. I reject every concept that doesn’t reflects in a material and visual reality.

For the last 8 years I devellop an approach centered around « light and color », that is based on a scientific methodology, on computer programming, on physics and on color theory.  For me, the technique and the conceptual quality are two sides of the same problem.

Like a painter my tools are brushes, pigments, paints, paper or colored glass but also lamps, scientific instruments and equations. I wish to create a work that blurs existing categories such as « art », « science », « invention ». I defend the idea that scientific knowledge is free from the individuals that create it and from the institutions that fund it: scientific knowledge can be used and practiced by anybody that understands it including outside of the academia and of the industry.

In 2015 I proposed a large-scale stained glass project in the frame of a competition involving an exchange of artworks between the cities of Brussels, BE, and Montreal, CA, and won. I am currently working on the production of the artwork with the studio Debongnie in Belgium.

The project consists of 14 stained glass pannels for a total of +-50 m². It has been completely designed by a computer algorithm. The software uses a spectral-colorimetric database of 350 different Lamberts glass samples measured in the factory with a spectrophotometer in the summer of 2015.

My talk will explain how I successfully adapted the scientific techniques of color-management that I developped in my previous works to the medium of stained glass, what problems I encountered during the conception and the production of the pieces and how they were solved algorithmically or pragmatically in Debongnie’s studio. It will be divided in 3 parts:

  • An explanation of why I wanted to work with stained glass in the context of my artistic work with light and color
  • « Soleil de minuit »: outlines of the stained-glass project for Montreal
  • The production of the stained glass in detail, from the physical color measurements to the conception of the algorithm, and to the production in the studio Debongnie

I learned a lot about stained glass and about Lamberts during this work, and I’ll conclude this presentation with a critique of my own approach based on what I’d like to change in my way of working with glass when I’ll have a chance to do it again.

Algorithm video: