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hypophotal:

adj. with light levels existing, situated or that operate below the photal realm or that are below the norm. syn. hypophotic subphotal subphotic ☐ hypophotally adv. hypophocy n.  [f. Gk. hypo ‘below, under’ + photal]

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Recreo De Noche

Days are short at the tropics, and the vision for Recreo de Noche (RDN) is to provide multiple Puerto Rican communities with light after sunset, in an effort to address the immediate recreational and social needs of residents who are deprived of lit public spaces that can be used as playgrounds and communal places.

The RDN program entails collaborative processes between teams of volunteers, local organizations and local communities, and it uses a low-cost and replicable project model to serve communities throughout Puerto Rico.

For each RDN project, the lighting layout is determined by the local users while volunteers provide guidance by means of public discussions, participatory workshops and hands-on assistance, and the lighting equipment becomes property of the partnering local community upon procurement.

All lighting is solar-powered and can be easily relocated as the communities’ needs evolve, and all the equipment procured for a RDN project serves as a sustainable back-up lighting system for the community in case of emergencies. Each project includes the following luminaires:

5 solar streetlights: these are stationary lighting fixtures that provide illumination on the playgrounds
10 solar floodlights: these can be installed flexibly along access points, pathways and for feature lighting
50 portable lights: these are small portable lights that become a community resource for educational and artistic workshops on light with children, youths and adults and that can be distributed to the community constituents as and if needed.

 

PhoScope developed the RDN program’s mission and vision as part of its global initiative Light Reach, and we provide continuous support in the form of research, resources and advice and serve as a training and support platform for all RDN projects.


OUR TEAM

       

RDN1
Recreo De Noche 1: Pilot project

Site: Caño Martín Peña, San Juan, PR
Timeline: 4Q 2018 – 1Q 2019
Team: Marién Vélez, Lorna Mulero, Stephanie M. Soler
Local Partner: Proyecto Enlace del Caño Martín Peña

 

         

 


RDN2
Recreo De Noche 2

Site: Barrio Mariana de Humacao, PR
Timeline: 1Q – 2Q 2019 (Opening date: June 10 2019)
Team: Marién Vélez, Lorna Mulero, Stephanie M. Soler
Local Partner: Arecma

 

         

RDN3
Recreo De Noche 3

Site: Community La Vuelta del Dos and Los Guaretos, Comerío
Timeline: 2Q – 3Q 2019, Pending Funding
Team: Marién Velez, Lorna Mulero, Stephanie M. Soler
Local Partner: La Maraña


RDN3 Rendering by PhoScope


SUPPORT RDN

DONATE: Step up and help bring light to those who need it!
FUNDRAISE: Choose PhoScope as your Birthday charity on Facebook!
DOWNLOAD: Support communities with Corporate Sponsorship
: Inquire about Volunteering opportunities


      

 

PhoScope Corp. is a registered 501 (c) (3) charity and all donations are tax-deductible.


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DONORS
Francesca Bettridge
Brian Johnston’s friends and family via Facebook
Mihai Patru
Kelly Roberts
Thomas Roush
Tillett Lighting Design Associates

 


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Light Reach

September 2018

PhoScope is launching Light Reach, a radical photocentric initiative to fight light poverty and bring light equality, and facilitate and scale up social engagement in lighting practice. Light Reach serves the educational, artistic, social and recreational lighting needs of communities and individuals worldwide.

 

PhoScope’s initiative includes:

One two-session Volunteer Training Program to provide teams with open-source tools such as guidelines on project processes, specifications for off-grid turnkey lighting kits, and pedagogical materials for community workshops on light and lighting.

 

Several Project Programs with replicable project models

     

 

Our first project program, Recreo de Noche, supports the rapid implementation of solar-powered lighting for community centers and community playgrounds throughout Puerto Rico.

Upcoming programs include Lighting for Unplanned Settlements – based on the ongoing  solar lighting project developed for Fokal in Haiti – and Lighting for Transitional Refuge.

 

 

SUPPORT Light Reach

Help us fight light poverty and bring light equality

 

 

Contact us about sponsorship opportunities
Contact us about volunteering opportunities
Contact us about partnership opportunities

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5 Watts

In 5 Watts, PhoScope continued the experimental and theoretical work developed for Jeanne Bloch’s TOOP production.

All work was developed and presented at the Centre National de la Danse.

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Twice Out of Paradise (TOOP)

TOOP is a dance production that uses artistic and technical experimentation as an engine for positive social change in the context of environmental issues.

PhoScope experimented with photocules and optics to provide hypophotal theatrical light tectonics, and developed a framework for experimentation and implementation.

The production behaves as an ecosystem, and dancers, stage and light are entirely co-dependent. All work was developed and presented at Espace 104.

Dance production by Jeanne Bloch.