Lantern (Yashica-Mat LM)
1- Do a drawing on a sheet using a paper with fair weight (weight: 200 g. minimum).
2- Find a cardboard box similar in size to a sheet of paper (the short side of the paper sheet must be at least 1 cm above the short side of the cardboard box).
3- Remove or cut the lid of the box.
4- get hold of a led light (single led, led strip or led bulb).
It is recommended to use battery powered leds, to avoid connection to the grid.
If you use a led bulb, check that fits the box easily.
5- Glue the led on the bottom of the box, in central position (Uhu glue recommended). If you use a led bulb, fix it permanently on the bottom of the box.
6- Incise the cardboard on the long sides, making a cut as long as the height of the sheet of paper (inside the cuts we will embed the drawing). The farther the sheet will be from the light source the more the brightness will be diffused. On the contrary, by bringing the cuts very close to the base of the cardboard we will have a spot light effect (concentrated on the centre of the drawing). It is recommended to keep a minimum distance of 3 cm from the base of the cardboard.
7- Insert the sheet of paper by sliding it through the two cuts just made.
The sheet will be inserted with the drawning towards the led light. From the outside you will see the white back of the paper and, only once the led light is on, the evanescent trace of the drawing below will be revealed.
- optional: add some wooden sticks or other material to cover the two slots from where the sheet comes out (this expedient has a purely aesthetic function).
- optional: paint the cardboard box
This version, simplified and made with poor materials, was conceived on the occasion of Autoprogettazione .
The lantern device was developed by the artist and there are several examples.
Diego Randazzo (Milan 1984) obtained his high school diploma at the Liceo Artistico di Brera and graduated in Scienze dei Beni Culturali with a thesis in ‘Directing Institutions’ at the Università degli Studi di Milano. His research is a synaesthetic journey through techniques and modes of expression that differ in typology and context.Deception, perception and remedy are the key concepts around which all the artist’s poetics revolves. Since 2005 he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His works are present in public and private collections. Finalist in several contemporary art prizes (The Gifer Festival, Cramum Prize, Combat Prize, Radar Mexico, Arteam Cup) he is among the winners of the Ora Prize in 2019. Also in 2019 his installation #Kids becomes part of the permanent collection of Casa della Memoria in Milan.