November 25, 2021

🏆🔆😊 We're proud our project Liquid Ornament received the Silberstreifen Award 2021. Check out the video! 1st prototype currently on show in an exhibition at designxport Hamburg. A collaboration between Dr. Patrick Tobias Fischer and Johann Gielen Lighting Design by Dr. Patrick Tobias Fischer and Johann Gielen Lighting Design

January 22, 2020

Talk at Home²

🌳🔆🏡 A Forest Glade for Every House! -Nature as a Starting Point for High-End Lighting Design.

See my talk at Home² on Fri, 24th Jan, 12:30, Hamburg Messe. Tracing the connections between great lighting design and natural light, even when designing with latest LED and IoT tech.

November 26, 2019

Panel Discussion at Nights 2019 Conference

Join us for LIGHT+CITY PANEL at NIGHTS 2019 - NIGHTTIME CONFERENCE Berlin this Thursday 28th Nov, 4pm! Looking forward to host the discussion with Helga Kuechly, Dr. Patrick Tobias Fischer and Reclaim Club Culture on how political lighting is: NEGOTIATING CITY LIGHTING - FROM STREET LIGHTS TO URBAN INTERFACES

October 31, 2019

Appearance in Documentary on Light

Check out this great documentary about light and night time! Follow us doing a mock-up at Remy de la Fosse Temple, Hannover. It's not in cinemas anymore, but today it will be on TV across Germany: 31st Oct, 20:15, NDR. Enjoy some stunning pictures of light/cities/nature!

October 14, 2019

Natural Sparkle

I just love these subtle yet spectacular reflections! It's a tree canopy beside a pond in Berlin's embassy district.

May 30, 2019

Lecture "Visualizing and Communicating Lighting Design"

Lecture on "Visualizing and Communicating Lighting Design" at HAW University Hamburg. Monday, 3rd June, 13:00 at HAW Kunst- und Mediencampus. Direct message me if you'd like to join. Looking forward to share my thoughts and exchange with the students!

May 7, 2019

Talk at The Logics of Colour - 12th Dresden Colour Forum

Looking forward to give a talk on the "right dose of sparkle" this Friday at The Logics of Colour - 12th Dresden Colour Forum. Come around if you're in the area!

Excited to meet with the great colour theorist Harald Küppers when he hands over his collection to the museum.

October 24, 2015

Talk at PLDC 2015

I will hold a talk at PLDC in Rome on Fri, 30/10/15.
Contrast is content - Media architectures without artificial light


February 16, 2015

Talk at Lichtcampus 2015

I will hold a talk at Lichtcampus today. It will be about the Parasite Interfaces project I did with Patrick Tobias Fischer, Prof. Eva Hornecker and their students in Media Architecture / Media Informatics at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

January 19, 2014


Pixel Sonne - Konstellation
Slightly taming sunlight.

Presented at:

By Johann Gielen
Music by Whitest Boy Alive

July 31, 2011

Industrial grid

Perceive with me:
Metal plates that are built into luminaires for road lighting.

November 10, 2010

Lecture on Pixel Sonne

Hello World. Please check out the following announcement! There will be a lecture held by Prof. Jens Ginzel, Tim and me on Nov. 24th in Hamburg about Pixel Sonne / Reflektordisplay:

The lecture will be held at
HAW Hamburg, Kunst- und Mediencampus Finkenau, Room 139

October 24, 2010

Installations of Physical Media Architecture

Some stunningly beautiful examples of Physical Media Architecture:

by David Goulthorpe

Fountain Clock
by Kanazawa Station

Dynamic facade
by Kiefer Technic

Shade Pixel
by Hyunjung Kim and Woohun Lee

by Tim Prentice

Human Media Façade
by South Korea

by Martin Frey

Adaptive Bloom
by Justin Goodyer

Justin Goodyer: Adaptive Bloom - Bartlett School of Architecture from Ruairi Glynn

Spiral Wall
by Archgary

Tipping Wall
by Ned Kahn

One Day Poem
by Jiyeon Song

Adaptive fa[CA]de
by Marilena Skavara

Marilena Skavara's Adaptive fa[CA]de at Digital Hinterlands exhibition, London from marilena .

Kinetic Sculpture
by Art+Com

Wooden Mirror
by Daniel Rozin

Weave Mirror
by Daniel Rozin

Shiny Balls Mirror
by Daniel Rozin

Trash Mirror
by Daniel Rozin

Mirrors Mirror
by Daniel Rozin

by Adam Somlai-Fischer

Aleph Reorganizing Vision from Adam Somlai-Fischer.

by rAndom International

"Mirrors" - Kinetic Sculpture from RANDOM INTERNATIONAL

Temporary Printing Machine Limited Edition
by rAndom International

Temporary Printing Machine Limited Edition from RANDOM INTERNATIONAL

Bit Fall
by Julius Popp

Bit Code
by Julius Popp

Flare Facade
by WHITEvoid

July 28, 2010

Bike Speeding -Quick and Slick

Marking lines on roads are brilliant to ride a bike on. There's less friction between the tire and the ground. This makes higher speeds possible.

On the other hand braking is much more difficult, though. Tires are more likely to slip on the slick marking lines..

By Johann Gielen

March 10, 2008

enjoy subtleness

sightune: I did some experiments with public displays that show ads in phone booths. simply adding a layer of printed translucent paper! this diffuses the ads and provides back lighting for the new layer of static content on the paper.

By Johann Gielen

October 28, 1981

Short Bio Johann Gielen

Johann Gielen is an independent lighting designer and lecturer. He received his degree from HafenCity Universität Hamburg in Urban Planning specializing in natural light art for public spaces. He studied Architectural Lighting Design at KTH Stockholm and Lighting Technology at TU Ilmenau.

Johann Gielen has a studio for independent lighting design in Hamburg. He previously headed the lighting design at Ulrike Brandi Licht. He was lighting design lead at Sharp LED Lighting and worked for WES Landscape Architects. In his projects he collaborates with architects, designers, artists, media architects and electrical engineers. He spoke at numerous conferences and held guest lectures at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and HAW Hamburg .

Besides well-crafted lighting design he loves subtle lighting effects. All technological means capable of transforming the visual appearance of an object are appealing to him. This interest lead him to become a theorist in the field of Media Architecture writing about ways to create visual media without artificial light sources.

In interdisciplinary collaborations he explores the role and functions of future digital devices in urban environments. It is a constant search for unconventional ways of designing light to work towards truly public spaces for open societies.