Time and Place

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 170

Local Position” presentation by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero Luftwerk, Co-Founders

This lecture is Sponsored by SARUP DAR.


Light, color and sound are primary elements in work by Luftwerk – the artistic collaborative of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Luftwerk´s art installations use light to transform experiences of space and site. With immersive artwork at venues such as Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania, Mies van der Rohes “Farnsworth House” in Illinois, Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, to name a few, their work blends history and contemporary media to open new aesthetic conversations within public spaces.

Luftwerk takes an interdisciplinary approach, experimenting with a spectrum of materials and techniques to advance their artistic medium. Their work intends to shift viewer’s perceptions of space and site through light, color and sound opening new conversations by inviting the public to experience the familiar transformed.

Lecture Summary

Using light as the primary element, Luftwerk has spent more than a decade producing site-specific interventions in response to architecture and public spaces. Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero will discuss the evolution of Luftwerk’s practice of locating context, history, and embedded information at a site. With new projects situated in an increasingly global context this talk offers a perspective on the micro and macro approaches to engaging with site as contemporary artists.

Need Directions?

Get directions to The School of Architecture and Urban Planning building at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is located at 2131 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to the public.
Additional information about the lectures and exhibitions can be found by contacting the main reception at (414) 229-4014, and by emailing any inquiries to Associate Dean Karl Wallick.