LIGHT AS ARCHITECTURE
These projects demonstrate design ideas that address the architecture of a performance space and the capability of light to further manipulate that environment. Architecture, in this instance, can be discussed in two ways: the physicality of the space that houses a performance and the organization of light within that space. Light has the ability to influence how we perceive a given space to be structured and informs the viewer of their role within it. By manipulating these architectural environments, light has the potential to ascribe physical structure where there is only empty space. To redefine our environment with light is about as magical as it gets.
The architectural organization of light also relates to the lighting fixtures themselves. In my design work, the physical location of a fixture is as important as the light it emits and this consideration presents a constant challenge. There are both practical and aesthetic limitations that inform where fixtures can exist in a given venue so approaching non-traditional work in a traditional venue requires the same unique consideration that any performance in a non-theater venue would. How an audience member relates to the theatrical devices they recognize effects how they invest in the experience. A theatrical lighting fixture that is in full view of the audience becomes a constant reminder that they are watching a performance. A light that is architecturally aligned with the visual design, rather than the building, can more successfully maintain its relationship with the performance.