1.With Communica/on as the central theme of EILD 2019, what reflection do you deserve communication in the context of lighting design
SS The dictionary definition of communication is in three parts. All of which are pertinent to lighting design.
ML 1 Communication – the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
SS Light is a fantastic medium for imparting information. We can use it to tell a story, to explain history, create a mood, impart statistics or to give visual information on how a building or place should be used.
ML A lighting designer needs to use light to communicate to people how they can use a space.
SS 2 Communication – the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings.
ML We start with a concept that we share with a client. These initial ideas are communicated to all involved in a project and in time develop into a detailed design.
SS A lighting designer needs to be able to communicate ideas in order that they can become reality.
ML 3 Communication – social contact. Light has created many opportunities for people to gather and share their experiences with light.
SS A lighting designer needs to be be able to understand that light allows people to communicate with one another.
2.What are the methods of communication that, over time, you have used in your office to communicate your projects? What will be the methods that will be used in the future? Would you have some examples?
ML We are an office of two so we only need to communicate with each other before we share our ideas with anyone else. We refer to a diverse range of inspirations in order to communicate what we are thinking to one other. We look to anything from art, film, architecture, technology and books to share an approach. We then use these references to share our ideas with a client.
SS Light is a visual medium and everyone has their own internal vision of what we are describing and it may be completely different to us. In the past, we have used Guerrilla Lighting as a way to communicate our ideas. This has involved temporarily lighting up buildings engaging a large group of people with torches to show them how light can change space. As light is such a unique medium, nothing beats seeing it for yourself.
ML In order to communicate to others what we have worked on, what we are involved in or just what has inspired to us, we have turned to film. We believe that film is the best way to capture light, how it changes and how people to react to it and our films therefore allow us to share our experiences with a wider audience.
3.Do you remember any project in which communication was the key to success? Would you have any anecdote to remember?
Light Collective have undertaken several projects where we communicated in light. One was Mirrie Dancers where we used morse code pulsed out in light to spell out a poem in local dialect.
Another was Many Hands Make Light Work where we asked people to write words in light that when photographed and put together formed the verse of a poem.
The origins of the word ‘Communication’ come from French and Latin from the verb communicare ‘to share’. We have also been involved in projects where we have worked with a large group of people using light to communicate their thoughts to others.
These include Project Resist with projections of peoples thoughts onto a building. Dear Light which used a gobo effect to show designer’s messages to Light and Urban Maykoh where we used mirrors and torches to reflect children’s artwork.
4-What was the motivation to accept the invitation to participate in EILD 2019?
We were lucky enough to be invited to EILD 2015 in Medellin so we know that the format of the EILD event has its very own special LatintiAmerican flavour. We love to meet designers from this part of the world as they are very passionate about light.
The lighting design profession is not as well established here as it is in Europe or America but, in spite of this, those involved in EILD work hard to create an amazing educational resource and a connected lighting community which is something for the more established countries to learn from.
We would intend our contribution to be something that would resonate with designers of this region rather than being a European approach. We are involved in the EILD Uruguay event in a very unique way and will again try to tailor our involvement to the spirit of the event and location.