Luminous demonstrates OLED as the new and upcoming art canvas

Luminous, the OLED art exhibition, held in London

Another must-see OLED art exhibition, Luminous, was held at the Old Street Gallery in Shoreditch, the thriving hub of London’s urban art in the UK. In collaboration with the world-renowned Royal College of Art (RCA), the mission is to inspire future media artists while demonstrating how OLED can be used as the ideal art canvas. With the RCA students producing unique digital artworks, and with OLED depicting them in unmatched detail, visitors were impressed by the exhibition mostly for the OLED’s ability to create completely new experiences that challenge one’s perspective. Curious? Then read on to discover the stunning lineup of artworks created via the one and only OLED!

Luminous: Transformative Experience of Information

Participant demonstrates the outcome shown over the Transparent OLED

This Luminous project, which takes its name from OLED’s self-emissive identity, recently challenged 52 students to utilize its latest OLED displays – from Transparent to Curved – throughout the entire production process. In the end, 15 independent projects and 21 group projects were established with a focus on “generating transformative experience of information that challenges or disrupts perspective.” The top 5 creations were showcased to the public.


Time-Flux by Jiajing Zhao and Yueshen Wu

Ready to be mesmerized? Time-Flux layers four Transparent OLED displays to create a one-of-a-kind visual experience complemented by rich surround sound through the fluid shape of perceptual time. This piece was inspired by influential French philosopher Henri Bergson’s theory of time being a free-flowing flux of conscious experiences and feelings. When viewing this art piece, you’re bound to feel the dynamic visual envisions of unceasing movements passing through the four Transparent OLEDs.Time-Flux is a generative audio-visual installation featuring four Transparent OLED displays. The displays allowed me to explore the spatial possibilities between screens,” said Jiajing Zhao, one-half of the team behind the design.

A Room with a View

A Room with a View by Laura Selby, Alexandra Topaz and Devanshi Rungta

A Room with a View leverages the transformative power of two OLED displays to invent a window into the real and surreal. Its ability to switch from a real-life view to a fictional one creates a captivating experience that depicts the exhibition as a ‘metaphorical’ window: a gateway to different realities. In the setting of a family home from the 90s, you will unexpectedly experience turbulence in your perspective as the beautiful scenery outside tricks your mind into thinking its reality thanks to the realism of OLED’s accurate picture performance.

Invisible Reinvention

Invisible Reinvention by Yijun Chen, Mengyun Xie, Qianhao Chen and Yuting Xue

Invisible Reinvention combines four curved OLED displays in an effort to highlight OLED’s clear-cut picture quality. It portrays the microscopic carbon sequestration reactions that take place in soil, volcanic rock and the ocean. The mysterious visuals introduce audiences to a microscopic view of the world filled with tiny, fascinating microorganisms through an ultra-immersive experience viewing experience. “The reason why we chose the curved screen is that it gives us floating animations which allow the audience to walk deeply through inside of our artificial ecosystem,” remarked Yijun Chen, one of the inventors of Invisible Reinvention. “The OLED screen perfectly shows the details of our project.”


ALPHA[BETA] by Finbar Marcel

ALPHA[BETA] artistically employs Transparent OLED technology to visualize post-language communication. The project started with the idea of exploring how emotions might be optically and auditory represented and how we could interact with them. When standing between the two Transparent OLED displays, through neuro-mapping tech, one can remarkably witness their own thoughts and emotions expressed on screen. Courtesy of Transparent OLEDs, there are “all sorts of stuff that you have to consider that you wouldn’t have to on a more conventional display” in ALPHA[BETA].


Behaviours by Nicholas Faris

Behaviours draws up motion pictures of the interactivity among charcoal, paper and sound via three Transparent OLED displays and its Cinematic Sound OLED technology. While the charcoal’s change to the intangible floating performer appears on the screens, the frictional sounds of charcoal and paper resonate at the same time. Behaviours concentrates on the experience of listening generated through visual and sonic narratives in an attempt to communicate with the audience seeking a unique multi-stimuli experience. The black-and-white image of the charcoal is especially vivified through OLED’s ‘perfect black’ nature, enabling the in-depth discovery of the trace that charcoal leaves. “I think I’ll be using these LG Display’s OLED panels much more like a canvas in the way that I approach the technology, having a dialogue with it to explore the possibilities and limitations and how that influences my work,” commented artist Nicholas Faris.

This remarkable Luminous collaboration beautifully highlights how display technologies can fuse together for the creation of distinctive art forms. RCA’s Associate Professor Yi-yun Kang, recognized Luminous as “a great opportunity to use cutting-edge technology and to see its creative potential.” While “technology and creativity really go hand in hand,” OLED’s position as a new-normal media art canvas has been intensified with many artists now enlisting the help of OLED to bring higher accuracy, improved details and richer colors to their work. OLED is no longer ‘just’ a display technology, it’s a universal platform where all kinds of content can put on a show.

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