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Friday, October 9

10:30am EDT

ART : Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae

We need to understand Light’s value as a psychological trigger, not just as a mechanistic function of eyesight. C.G.Jung’s references to Light can all be found within his Alchemical texts where he studied how Renaissance philosophers had unconsciously projected the inner workings of their minds and belief systems into their studies of observable phenomena, and nowhere is this more true than their studies in Alchemy and Light.

Newton, the father of Optics, spent 20 years studying alchemy. Newton’s study of light was not just an empirical study of Light, it was also a study of the consciousness that is inherent in each of us. Contemporaries to Newton wrote about light in a very specific manner at a time when there was no empirical separation between matter and soul, the adversarial relationship between Church and Galileo erupted in 1633 yet there were many successful published ‘scientists’ within Rome’s Church observing empirical matters but still with an imbued spiritual meaning, in particular Athanasius Kircher.

Comparing his text on Opticks with Paracelsus, Hermes Trismegistus, Newton, Kepler, John Dee, the Splendor Solis and the stunning maps of Andreas Cellarius, we see a picture emerge of Light as the conscious emanating principle of ‘Man’ himself.

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Colin Ball IALD

Lighting Designer, BDP
Colin Ball leads the London office of BDP’s award winning Lighting Team. His current work involves developing innovative techniques for lighting within World Heritage venues plus Carbon Exemplary projects for cutting edge science institutes. These new lighting techniques involve... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12

11:40am EDT

ART : Ephemeral Art : Light Installations and the Urban Environment

Light transforms space and the human experience. In this talk, Luisa Álvarez, a light artist, will explore how urban, often inhospitable environments can be changed into interesting and welcoming places for a limited time, sometimes just a few hours, sometimes several days. For many years, Luisa has carried out ephemeral art installations, using light as an art medium in urban spaces. Her main intention is to achieve an interaction with both visitors and casual passers-by within a playful space, allowing the work to grow and evolve organically. She will highlight how the urban space can be used as an outdoor living room, where everyone can live a different experience, in this case with light. Luisa will discuss how experimentation, vindication, habitation, play and sensorial spaces all contribute to set the tone of the finished work, informing its intention and the message it seeks to convey.


Luisa Alvarez

Luisa Alvarez is a light artist and lighting designer from Madrid, Spain. Luisa has years of experience in the field of architectural lighting design, both as a consultant to lighting companies and working in her own Studio. In 2008, Luisa decided to conquer urban spaces with light... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 11:40am - 12:40pm EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12

2:00pm EDT

ART : Lighting Japanese Museums : The Great Change

Japan has been rapidly adopting LED lighting for art galleries and museums due to its evolving color rendering properties and light emitting efficiency. Lighting designers Ryuichi Sawada and Tatsuya Iwai, responsible for four such lighting projects, introduce LED-related works in Japan at the Hoki Museum, Arts Maebash, the Heisei Chishinkan Wing of the Kyoto National Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Each lecture addresses a different style of project, and attendees can expect to learn something about optimal LED lighting design in regard to each. Also covered will be matters of harmony in architecture and lighting, issues that arose in the process of design and construction and their resolution, and the reception the designs have received from the project owners, artistic staff, and visitors. Attendees can expect hints and inspiration that can be put to use in future exhibition space LED lighting projects.

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Tatsuya Iwai IALD

President, Iwai Lumimedia Design Co
Tatsuya Iwai is an independent designer with over 35 years of widely varied experience in lighting. He is a graduate of the Department of Architecture, College of Science and Technology at Nihon University.Iwai has held the chief lighting designer with TL Yamagiwa laboratory inc... Read More →
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Ryuichi Sawada

President, Sawada Lighting Design & Analysis Inc
Ryuichi Sawada was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1964. After graduating from the College of Art and design, Scenography Studies at Musashino Art University, Sawada joined TL Yamagiwa Institute in 1987. In 1990, he participate din the founding of Lighting Planners Associates Inc and... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12
Saturday, October 10

9:00am EDT

ART : How Science Impacts Art : Intelligent Lighting Design for Video Games and Beyond

Lighting design plays a very important role in how people experience an environment: physical or virtual. It serves many roles at the aesthetic, functional as well as the narrative levels. It helps direct attention, establish good visibility, evoke emotions, set the atmosphere, and provide depth. All these are important for digital media, and specifically game design. In this talk Dr. Seif El-Nasr will discuss how she delivers the aesthetic environments that fulfill a designer’s intent given psychological theories of attention and affect. She will talk about the experimental studies conducted to understand users’ experience in virtual environments and how, based on these studies, they were able to augment psychological theories and use them to develop adaptive systems to deliver the art of the game, specifically in terms of lighting color, setup, and dynamic properties all to enhance the users’ experience. She has also been able to apply these techniques to the physical stage and use it for a dance performance. In this talk, Dr. Seif El-Nasr will discuss the systems developed and how they impacted the users’ experience.

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Magy Seif El-Nasr PhD

Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr is an associate Professor in the Colleges of Computer and Information Sciences and Arts, Media and Design, where she directs the Playable Innovative Technologies Lab. Her research focuses on the development of new methods and techniques for adapting interactive... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12

10:30am EDT

ART : Did You Give the World Some Love Today, Baby?

This session is intended first and foremost to inspire those who will attend and to give new perspectives on what lighting design can be. The presenters’ main focus is on the social dimension of lighting design: to work with and for the people, in particular those in socially disadvantaged areas. Social problems cannot be eliminated with lighting design, but design can make cities more enjoyable and safer for those who live there. We will discuss the importance of involving the community in the actual design of their environment. We will also examine how to determine what is unique to each area and discuss how to strengthen and highlight cultural differences so that end users feel proud of where they live.

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Joran Linder

Olsson & Linder
Olsson & Linder is a designer duo who for more than fifteen years has moved between the boundary of art and lighting design. Together, we have extensive experience in a range of projects, primarily in various types of outdoor environments, often created in a participatory process... Read More →
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Erik Olsson

Olsson & Linder
Olsson & Linder is a designer duo who for more than fifteen years has moved between the boundary of art and lighting design. Together, we have extensive experience in a range of projects, primarily in various types of outdoor environments, often created in a participatory process... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12

1:30pm EDT

ART : Cinematography and Storytelling With Light

Cinematography: the art of lighting and photographing a movie. Translated into animation, how does this work? In this insightful talk, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg will shed light on the magic of cinematography in animated film and how the creative freedom computers allow must be harnessed for ultimate storytelling.


Danielle Feinberg

Director of Photography - Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios
Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12

2:40pm EDT

ART : Planning From the Ground Up

This paper explores theoretical and practical alternatives to urban lighting master-plan approaches. Taking urban theorist Roger Sherman’s notion of “radical incrementalism” as its point of departure, the paper discusses lighting design strategies that “utilizes accumulation as a means of producing character and identity” over time. A framework based on accumulation promises coherence across vast urban fields in ways that are different than master-planning because they “celebrate the unknowns of taste, value, use and support.” Urban lighting projects, typically accomplished over years, can be sites of bewildering uncertainty: unpredictable sources of financing; shifts in administration, public processes, and stakeholder confidence; changes in design teams and environmental regulations; as well as unanticipated climactic events such as flooding. To respond effectively to these changes—and, wherever possible, to celebrate them— requires a “legible and resilient framework that can over time absorb design and development initiatives by others while retaining its identity.”

Robust strategies for developing lighting designs based on frameworks of accumulation that help municipalities and campuses feel livable, appealing, stimulating, and safe will be discussed. Case studies reviewed are: the Connective Corridor in Syracuse, NY, the Bridgeport Waterfront in Bridgeport, CT, The Menil Collection Campus in Houston, TX, and “Lighting the Way Home” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the YMCA and Arts on the Block, a non-profit community-based arts program in Montgomery County, Maryland. All four case studies demonstrate how impact can accumulate over time while celebrating the unknowns and unpredictability of lighting the urban environment.

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Linnaea Tillett

Founder and Principal, Tillett Lighting Design Inc.
Linnaea Tillett, Ph.D. founded her firm, Tillett Lighting Design, 32 years ago, and has become one of the most respected, creative and thoughtful practitioners of the art of lighting design today. She holds a doctorate in environmental psychology and her innovative approach incorporates... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 2:40pm - 3:40pm EDT
Rooms: Key 11 + 12
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