the charm of „slow light“ lies in the fundamental rationality of the idea itself and the conceptual fields it invokes such as:
scattering / focussing
abundance / austerity
enduring in time / limited in time
light waste / precisely applied pure light
light as protection and protection from light

awareness of light means awareness of energy with unlimited possibilities of creatively dealing with new sources of light.

the most diverse light rhythms evolve; phases and areas of brightness programmed in manifold and purposeful ways structure the phases of undefined darkness, they construe spaces of time and venues.

light will always be in those places and only there where it is needed and only in the strength, the brightness in which it is needed; unnecessary scattering does not take place; information and entertainment – the event-inherent in event light – occur in a pin-pointed way, they illuminate areas, create space.

sorts of light blend into each other, defining themselves mutually:
information light: is information, holds information, gives information;
entertainment light: is entertainment, shows entertainment;
therapeutical light: lightens up, enlivens, stabilises.

the technical possibilities being developed allow for new usages, they – slowly but irreversibly – change the awareness of our ways of consumption.
the new sources of light result in new definitions:
of lit spaces, of darknesses,
of existing architectures and of cultural landscapes in the light of new, ecologically conscious ways of handling things,
of emerging architectures as a long-term effective correlation of light-use and darkness-gain, for the culture of light-gainers and darkness-users, each in a way he or she happens to need it from one moment to the next.

the slow light shows all that is needed.


herbert j. wimmer, born in 1951, melk, lives since 1971 in vienna, austria.
a writer of novels, essays, poems, audio-plays, conceptual works and expanded literature since 1973.
from 1973 until her death in april 2009 close friendship and partnership with elfriede gerstl, author of poems, prose and essays. from 1993 – 1997 a student at the university of vienna: german philology, dramatics, science of journalism and communication studies, comparative social history of literature. 1997 graduated as magister phil.
many works for broadcast networks (audio-plays, radio-art-works) as orf (oesterr. rundfunk), sdr (sueddeutscher rundfunk). literature- and filmcritic. photographic works, drawings, collages, lineaments.
since 1998 the work-in-progress: THE INFINITE DRAWING, since 2006 the work-in-progress: THE INFINITE PUZZLE.
in january 2013 starts the exhibition ROTOPOST – ROTOSPOTS – LICHT UND LITERATUR AUFNAHMEN at the literaturhaus wien.