Otto Piene’s lights dance in an enchanted world
Mysteries and marvels to be found in a revelatory installation at MIT
The most beautiful room in greater Boston right now is a gallery in the MIT List Visual Arts Center at MIT. The gallery is really just a small, windowless room. It’s dark, too - or it would be if it weren’t for a constantly changing arrangement of patterned light orchestrated by 83-year-old artist Otto Piene. The light, part of a work called “Lichballett’’ or light ballet, plays across one wall and wanders onto the next, morphing in scale and clarity as it moves.