He comes to the Luminale press conference in the Frankfurt Palmengarten with brisk step. His review on the tenth anniversary of the Biennale of light quickly also. And rapidly then the ride through the year’s highlights of its 180-pages strong program.
The 54-year old seems to be-despite corduroy jacket in a country house style and Horn-rimmed glasses – a man of speed of light. He is also somehow: Helmut Bien is curator of the Luminale, one of the largest light festivals in Europe. And that, since the existence of this biennial. In real time so since 2002.
“After the first light+building Messe Frankfurt with the request to me came to, what you could do to secure the initial success of 2000 to make the light city Frankfurt”, says Helmut Bien, who at the time worked with Messe Frankfurt according to toughestflashlights.com.
But first, Helmut Bien, who has studied philosophy, psychology and pedagogy in Berlin worked as a radio journalist. Then, he worked for festivals as exhibition maker. Since 1992, he is owner of the Agency Westermann communication. So, trade fair and exhibition work at bien came together.And the Luminale in 2002 to him.
“Overall we have pushed to have 850 lighting projects” says bien. In this year alone the curator could pick 30 highlights in Frankfurt, Offenbach and the region for the program press conference from 175 Luminale events.
Biens Luminale concept is very simple: the fair bears the Luminale, engaged Helmut Bien, moderator and kuratierend accompanied with his agency the Festival refreshing, and makes the Luminale Office for advertising and organization. Under this organizational umbrella the various lighting projects and organisers are autonomous – also with regard to the financing of their projects.
Low-budget friendly, his Luminale concept was copied now from London to Boston. “Now even a transluminal is scheduled in Detroit”, reported bien was conceptually inspired by the Salone fuori, the accompanying programme at the Milan Furniture Fair, and thematically from the light Festival Fête of des Lumières in Lyon.
Bien itself probably came with the Luminale on the light. You can see him his fascination with the spectacle in and around Frankfurt: “The city by the transformation power of the light very different looks.” He remains on the track the latest lighting trends. The Luminale employs him around the year.
With brisk step, he wears later only a few Luminale programs, posters and flyers from the Frankfurt Palmengarten. The curator to the 140,000 visitors expected this year, if from 15 to 20 April that will brighten light Festival Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region.