Videre | Lumen

Lumen, the Latin word light, is also a unit of the visible quantity of light generated by a source, its brightness perceived by the human eye. “Lumen” is a short work that plays simultaneously with light and our experience of it. This video was shot inside the light and optics gallery, part of the permanent exhibition “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World,” in the Dibner Hall of the History of Science. The filaments that glow orange come from early 20th-century hand-blown bulbs, and the other featured bulbs come from The Huntington’s historical lamp collection that ranges from the 1890s to the 1960s. Videre, Latin for “to see,” is a video series that plays with the idea of re-seeing. The short works featured here are explorations of sights, sounds and sensing at The Huntington.

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