Ango Story

A special lighting + sound installation called Transceiver Space by Ango is one of the centrepieces at Gwangju Design Biennale 2017,

Handcrafted lighting by Ango was developed to art pieces at Gwangju Design Biennale 2017  



Building on Ango's unique skills and experience in repurposing natural materials in the creation of sophisticated light diffusers, this installation was conceived, created and erected over three months in the summer of 2017.

It all started with the Chief Curator to the Biennale, Byoong Soo Eun, who had followed Ango over the last 10 years or so, and had the vision of a space of light refracted by something amazing from the natural world.

Sketch from Angus Hutcheson for Handcrafted lighting art pieces at Gwangju Design Biennale 2017

At  Byoong Soo’s open invitation, Ango came up with the concept of a series of a sensory mini environments for the mind, each one emanating a unique soundtrack, and that nestled together within a delineated circular space, offering:  


“……a series of shelters you could actually sit under and enjoy, with the silk cocoon element, that has been created as a protection in itself as the main collaborative element.” 

Handcrafted lighting created by Ango for Gwangju Exhibition

The Ango team set about developing, testing and fabricating the five pieces of Transceiver Space as well as creating the five individual soundtracks, and the medium used to create the “Transceivers” is the silk cocoon, each one a miracle of creativity that has been built as a home and protection for itself by the silk worm.

The cocoons have been formed around a spaceframe into an illuminated canopy with a random collaged soundtrack referencing the figure of eight movement the silkworm enacts many thousands of times in the creation of the extraordinary shelter he creates.

Customised lighting for Exhibiting at Gwangju

In the making of Transceiver Space, a fine cross grid of steel filament is attached to the spaceframe with around 12,000 nodes, each one hand soldered. The total effort of artisanship in each Transceiver Space is around 1,500 hours with the aggregation of around 14,500 silk cocoons. 

Korean journalist admires Transceiver Space by Ango
Handcrafted silkcocoon lighting created for Gwangju Exhitibion

Many thanks to curator Byoong Soo Eun and team for the wonderful vision in creating the show, and for their great support in helming us realise the Ango section. Also many thanks to all the media outlets who’ve been covering Gwangju Design Biennale 2017 and to all the exhibition visitors for their support.

Chief curator of Gwangu Exhibition
Ango chief designer and founder, Angus Hutcheson
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