Going Dark: Reimagining artificial lighting in public for a return to natural rhythms
Exploring futures of the night sky
Going Dark is an interactive installation that enables participants to experience the potential futures of locations in Helsinki. The interactive scenes depict what may happen if light pollution and human developments continue or are effectively managed. Slowly shifting real and surreal landscapes will guide participants to reflect on the invisible forces of light pollution. It will also lend itself to the importance of civic engagement on a local community level.
Going Dark will be on display in the Visualization Hub - a 360-degree projection environment at Aalto Studios, in Otakaari 7, Monday–Friday 10:00–16:00.
Europe's light pollution
Europe, renowned for its culture, hides a troubling reality as the most light-polluted continent. This artificial glow, affecting 99% of Europeans, disrupts both nature and health, yet the EU overlooks light pollution while regulating energy efficiency, carbon emission and other aspects of the economic transitioning to a green economy.
In Helsinki, light pollution dims the city's charm in winter and summer. The bustling core city center and regional hubs like Itäkeskus, Pasila, Leppävaara, Tapiola, Vantaa and Matinkylä face the most intense light pollution. Notably, the major ports add to the luminous haze.
Though Helsinki has initiated guidelines, they now need revitalizing and expansion to the capital region. Enforcement is a struggle, stakeholders lack resources. Initiatives like Going Dark offer a different vision, sparking dialogue and fostering a community-led effort to reclaim the starry night.