Yinka Ilori and Camille Walala design immersive artworks made with light
Under the creative theme “Unexpected Twist”, two titans of the industry tackle producing works made to be viewed at night for Liverpool’s River of Light.
- Liz Gorny
- 27 October 2022
Until Sunday, 6 November, audiences can view the latest work from Camille Walala and Yinka Ilori at Liverpool’s River of Light – an immersive exhibition that runs across the waterfront as the World Gymnastics Championships 2022 open in the city. As a nod to the championships, the creative theme for River of Light is “Unexpected Twist”.
Yinka’s contribution to the exhibition, titled Dancing Ribbons, is inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. In particular, the work captures the dynamic relationship between a gymnast and their prop ribbon. It includes a soundscape created by Peter Adjaye. Meanwhile, in an evolution of the artist’s Putting Things in Perspective series, Camille Walala utilises programmed LEDs to create an “explosively energetic light sculpture”, a release explains. Though constructed in 2D, Camille’s artwork has been designed to evoke architectural forms or an “abstracted cityscape of light”. The release likens it to a trompe l’oeil creating an illusion of dimensionality through shapes – like cuboids that “tower like skyscrapers”.
Participatory and community-centred artworks have always been a driving force behind Yinka’s work. As part of our guest edit series with the designer last year, Priya Khanchandani penned a piece examining the importance of creativity being integrated into our communities and schools. Or, as Yinka puts it in his introduction to the piece, “how necessary creative practices are as part of our national soul”. In January, the designer spoke again about the issue of participation in Time Out: “Design should be for everyone,” he said then. “People who can’t access galleries should be able to experience an installation or mural in a public space that might make them feel a certain way.”
In total, ten artworks will go on display at River of Light, including Light Looper by Kazimier Productions, an interactive installation-cum-multiplayer game where players send out particles of light; Amigo & Amigo’s Rainbow Accordion, featuring six archways connected through an interactive jumping pad; and an 8-metre bubble structure by Atelier Sisu. More information on the full programme of events can be found on the River of Light website.
This year, River of Light will co-deliver a creative education programme in partnership with social project Make Bank, which aims to make art more accessible and encourage young people to enter the sector. Read more about the line-up of workshops, talks and events here. Plus, check out an exclusive conversation with Camille Walala on creative joy inthis episode of the It’s Nice That Podcast.
Camille Walala: Turn The Light On, It’s Dark In Here, photography by Jack Finnegan (Copyright © River Of Light / Jack Finnegan, 2022)
About the Author
Liz (she/they) joined It’s Nice That as news writer in December 2021. After graduating in Film from The University of Bristol, they worked freelance, writing for independent publications such as Little White Lies, INDIE magazine and design studio Evermade.