Consisting of 82.000 small photos, one photo taken every six minutes, ‘Lightmap’ makes you see one whole year at a glance.

At midnight on December 31st, 2012, a camera secured to the roof of Museum M (Leuven, Belgium) started taking pictures of the sky - one every six minutes. That’s 240 pictures every 24 hours. An installation inside the museum automatically printed the pictures on small plastic cubes measuring 8 x 8 mm. LIGHTMAP ‘ticked’ away one block every six minutes, leaving a trace of what time essentially is: the movement of the earth around the sun. The process ended exactly one year and 82.000 blocks later, on December 31st, 2013.

The result, ‘Lightmap’, offers an overview of the changing weather and light conditions in Leuven during the year 2013. The eye-shaped image shows the passing of the seasons as one strong ‘pulse’ or ‘beat’ of sunlight: the increase and decrease of light over the course of one year.
Print, mixed media. 4 x 112 cm (B) x 255 cm (H) x 87 cm (D)


Concept and realisation: Ief Spincemaille | Software and electronica: Wim Lemkens | Assistant realisation: Ciel Grommen | Production: Werktank, Museum M en GroepT | With support of the Flemish Authorities

2018 - MSU, Zagreb (Croatia)
2014 - Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen (Germany)
2013 - Museum M, Leuven (Belgium)
In permanent collection of the KULeuven since 2019