Friday 11th May – Talks
Jane Lovell worked at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at Canterbury City Council, where she staged events including international light shows. At Canterbury Christ Church University, Jane researches authenticity and teaches Heritage and the Creative Industries and Creative Places at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Howard Griffin is Director of the MA Architectural Visualisation programme, a course which allows students to focus on the visual communication of architectural form, space and time. Howard’s research investigates the perceptual effects of projection mapping.
They will be presenting their paper “Lumiere fairy-tales: Projection mapping magically real and irreal festival lightscapes” which uses case studies of events staged and visited by the authors to illustrate how projection-mapped light installations conjure, and deceive with magical reality. Light shows can be vertiginous. The immovable moves, the inanimate is animated and the viewer switches on the illuminated gaze leading to sensations of wonder and the uncanny.
Affective, magically real lightscapes (dis)embody the spatial creativity, fluidity, and poetics; enacting shadow-play theatre on a non-human scale. Performances are augmented by fairy tale hyperreality; shining a magic lantern onto local folklore.