Light Affects: Towards a body-sensory approach in lighting design

Stine Maria Louring Nielsen

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Informing current research on how light effects our performance, hormones and moods, this paper presents a body-sensory approach to studying atmospheric affects of light. Presenting ethnographic data from three studies on the bodily feel of colour illuminated spaces, the paper shows how architectural lighting designs go beyond their immediate potential of supporting visual needs and aesthetic delight, by their ability to attune bodily sensations and states of being. Consequently, the paper argues for a qualification of current methodologies within lighting research and calls for an atmospheric mindful awareness of the sensory body when designing with chromatic lighting technologies for architectural spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbiences, Alloæsthesia : Senses, Inventions, Worlds: Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Ambiances
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationSanta Barbara
PublisherRéseau International Ambiances
Publication dateDec 2020
Edition4th International Congress on Ambiences
Article number67
ISBN (Print)978-2-9520948-7-0
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Event4th International Congress on Ambiances: Ambiances, Alloaesthesia: Senses, Inventions, Worlds - Santa Barbara, California, United States
Duration: 2 Dec 20204 Dec 2020
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International Congress on Ambiances
LocationSanta Barbara
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Light
  • Colour
  • Atmosphere
  • Bodily Sensation
  • Design
  • Architecture


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