Installation by Daniel Rybakken

Layers installation is a light installation by Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken at the wonderful Swedish Institute in Paris with opening during Nuit Blanche. The installation was realized together with the Norwegian Embassy in Paris and the Swedish Institute, with help from Luceplan.

At the Swedish institute in Paris

The Layers installation is connected with Rybakken’s previous work, as Colour light (designed in collaboration with Andreas Engesvik) with Ligne Roset 2011 and Layers light, presented at Spazio Rossana Orlandi the same year.

Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken

The minimalistic white and even surfaces become the ultimate contrast to the 16th century-building. The individual objects is bound together by the subtle interplay of light, originating from the centre of the installation. The soft gradient of light emphasizes the differences in material and shape between the composition of layers, and the facade as the background, says Daniel Rybakken.

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5 comments

  1. MIchael Nilsson says:

    Nov 1, 2012

    I find this interesting on so many levels. It’s a beautiful installation, but It makes me think twice about the role of the Swedish Institute. A Norwegian designer makes a light installation with help from the Norwegian Embassy in Paris and the Italian lighting company Luceplan. Where is the Brand Sweden in all this?

    Have you ever heard about a Swedish designer making an installation for a Norwegian institute or, for that matter, a Danish institute, aided by the Swedish embassy and an international lighting or funiture company?

  2. Swedish Institute in Paris says:

    Nov 14, 2012

    Dear Michael,
    The Swedish Institute in Paris works to promote Swedish culture and to create collaboration between Swedish and French actors within the area of culture. Please check our website where you will see the nature and content of our different activities. http://www.institutsuedois.fr
    This being said, we also believe that the Nordic countries have a lot to gain by working together to promote Nordic culture. Daniel Rybakken’s installation is a perfect example of this. Daniel is Norwegian by nationality but studied in Sweden and it is also there he lives and works. Working together with the other Nordic countries also is a part of our mission.
    In order to assure the realisation of our projects, we always seek collaboration with other institutions in France (in this case the town of Paris via their Nuit Blanche and the Norwgian Embassy) and with sponsors when possible (Luceplan). We hope this answer your question.
    Welcome to come visit us next time you are in Paris!
    Best regards,

  3. Michael Nilsson says:

    Nov 15, 2012

    I had two questions, both are still unanswered.

    1. Where is the Brand Sweden in all this?

    2. Have you ever heard about a Swedish designer making an installation for a Norwegian institute or, for that matter, a Danish institute, aided by the Swedish embassy and an international lighting or funiture company?

  4. Daniel Rybakken says:

    Dec 5, 2012

    Hello Michael,

    1. Read the headline: “Layers installation by Daniel Rybakken at the Swedish Institute in Paris”. It seems that the brand Sweden is clearly promoted.

    2. Ah, I see. I need to be born in Sweden?

  5. Michael Nilsson says:

    Dec 5, 2012

    Hi Daniel,

    Apparently, you do not see at all. This is not a comment about individual nationality, nor is it about where you have studied. This is about nation branding. If you think that the headline’s mentioning of the Swedish Institute equals branding, you should think once more.

    Mind you, I think you have done excellent work here or, should I say, in Paris. I am not as impressed with this project from a national brand perspective, however, since I do not think that your work is a very good contribution to the branding of Sweden. To tell you the truth, I think it is doing far more for your personal brand than the brand Sweden. And you are not to be blamed for that, of course, but in this case I do blame the Swedish Institute in Paris. They should know better.

    As I pointed out before, I had two questions, both are still unanswered.

    1. Where is the Brand Sweden in all this?

    2. Have you ever heard about a Swedish designer making an installation for a Norwegian institute or, for that matter, a Danish institute, aided by the Swedish embassy and an international lighting or funiture company?

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