Radical Light

Anne Katrine Senstad

Kai Art Center is proud to present a new large-scale light installation by renowned Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Senstad, created especially for the newly opened art center in Port Noblessner in Tallinn, Estonia.

Senstad’s immersive light sculpture environment is an invitation to encounter the perceptive sensations of light and sound in pure form and their transformational effect on the experience of space. Constructed of neon lights, the unique luminal properties effect our cognitive system where the artificiality of LED lights fall short. As one of Senstad’s largest indoor works to date, the light sculpture is conceived as a monument and a matrix – a vast spectral light sphere which allows the public to experience being enveloped in the radiance of light of the highest spectrums when wandering through the historic former submarine factory housing the 450m2 exhibition space.


With a unique sound environment composed specifically for Radical Light by acclaimed composer JG Thirlwell, spatial audio arrangements engulf the space in luminous sounds in pure form. Senstad has collaborated with Thirlwell on numerous occasions since 2000, most notably Senstad’s solo exhibition during the 56th Venice biennale in 2015, The Vanity of Vanities.


In addition to the light sculpture, the exhibition presents Anne Katrine Senstad’s salt projection The Sensory Chamber as well as an interview with the artist by videographer Stella Saarts.


Read an essay about the exhibition written by prof. Andres Kurg in English, Finnish or Russian.


Exhibition tickets are available on our website and at the entrance.


We also offer guided tours at the exhibition in Estonian, English, Russian and German. Please contact us to book a tour.


Anne Katrine Senstad is an interdisciplinary Norwegian artist whose practice lies in the intersections of light sculpture, installation art and immersive environments, photography and video, land and site-specific art. Anne Katrine Senstad was raised in Singapore and Norway, today she lives and works between New York and Oslo. Having studied at video art at the University of California at Berkeley and earning her BFA Honors in Photography from the Parsons School of Design in New York, she went on to study film at the New School for Social Research in New York.


Notable exhibitions include Seen Unseen at He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, presenting her immersive light sculpture and color environment ELEMENTS II, 2018 as part of a major survey on contemporary Nordic art and Design. The installation is a continuation of ELEMENTS I, which premiered as part of the group exhibition Through The Spectrum at Athr Gallery alongside James Turell, Robert Irwin, Carlos Cruz Diez, Leo Villareal. 


Her video work has been shown at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Haus Der Kultur Der Welt, Berlin, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon as part of Rencontres Internationales, The Canadian Museum of Nature, Museum of Modern Art Ukraine in Kiev, Dallas Aurora TX, Video Arte Internacional Buenos Aires and Eva Peron Museum, Argentina, Oslo Screen Festival, Kunsthall 3,14 and K4 Galleri in Norway. 


Supporters: Utilitas, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Estonia, Arts Council Norway


Special thanks: AkzoNobel, JAA Disain, Proplastik, Põhjala Brewery, Red Hat Group Design, Valge Klaar