Lumen were asked by Kiff Bamford and Harold Offeh of Leeds Beckett University to provide the sound equipment installation for artist Rana Hamadeh‘s live sound play/peformance at The Tetley in Leeds, as part of the symposium ‘Performance and Uncertainty’. The performance is titled ‘Can You Make a Pet of Him Like a Bird or Put Him on a Leash For Your Girls?’.
The intention was to create an immersive and almost quite harsh sound environment, utilising the whole space of The Tetley’s South Bank room. The artwork featured 8 channels of discrete audio along with 3 live microphones, played back through 8 different speakers. The speakers used were two large subwoofers, six PA speakers, a small speaker facing the wall and a public address horn all fed from a laptop and audio interface, with mixing by audio engineer Joe Osborne of Lumen.
The performance itself was very powerful and moving, with live oration, singing and sound effects at high volumes. Earplugs were provided for the audience just in case!
Lumen have over 10 years experience of setting up film screenings in non-cinema venues and ‘pop-up’ spaces. We have worked with Leeds International Film Festival, Flatpack Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival, Holmfirth Film Festival, as well as many other organisations and events that have film content, such as Lawrence Batley Theatre, Hull2017, Recon, Bradford Literature Festival, Vespertine, Bradford Threadfest, Art Sheffield, Other Rooms Film Festival, Opera North, Henry Moore Institute.
We offer a wide range of services from full production for film events & festivals to hire of small film screening equipment and packages. We specialise in experimental film, audio/visual collaborations and unusual events in non-conventional venues.
Matthew Bourne live Moog performance with interactive visuals at Belgrave Music Hall.
2016 saw the 30th edition of Leeds International Film Festival. Lumen provided 25 film screenings over 15 different venues and spaces, including short film programmes, immersive surround sound experiences, live music and live visual collaborations, Q&A discussions, documentaries and features.
Lumen were commissioned by Leeds BID to create forward thinking, innovative Christmas lights using projection. We have come up with two projection installations running at different sites in Leeds City Centre.
RADIAL at O2 Academy. James Islip at Lumen, alongside Dave Lynch and Antony Kitson, are combining their talents to beam an eye-catching projection of winter themes and tones onto the O2’s window façade, one of the most impressive features of the amazing Grade II-listed Gothic exterior of the O2 Academy. The projection is live daily from 4pm until 8pm until Dec 31st 2016. Find out more here.
Waggon Lifting Hoist projections at Wellington Place. James Islip, working with 25 Leeds College of Art students have created festive light projections, has animated the historic lifting tower in Wellington Place. Many of these students had not worked with projection before. Find out more about James’s workshops with the students at Leeds College of Art here.
Short excerpt from the 10th Vespertine Event in May 2016 at English Heritage’s Cold War Bunker in Acomb, York.
“Imagine a world where humans are forced to live underground, the surface uninhabitable.
Technology has become the only way to reach out and connect. Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal take you underground and into the world of E.M Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’. Featuring an exclusive live performance of the newly composed soundtrack for the play, composed by John Foxx and analogue synth specialist Benge. Set against the backdrop of York’s own Cold War Bunker, visuals (created live by James Islip) and music combine to explore our complex relationship with technology and what this might mean for human connection now and in the future.”
Visuals for the play The Machine Stops by Pilot Theatre
visuals by James Islip / Lumen.
A fun project we worked on with Frozen Music Collective, Finn Comms and Taylor’s of Harrogate in December 2014.
We created an immersive visual environment linked to real-time EEG data (brainwaves) for participants to taste coffee and enjoy a soundscape piped-through wireless headphones. Read what Vice Magazine had to say about the experience.
Vauxhall Adam Illuminates: a projection project by Lumen, Dave Lynch and Bec Smith from Urban Projections.
Video projection onto all 4 sides of the car was done via our Sanyo XF47 15,000 lumen projectors. the projection set-up was designed and installed by Lumen’s Phil Slocombe. The content was created by Bec Smith at Urban Projections and Dave Lynch. Dave also created the 3D-video mapping for the project.
This event was live. No camera tricks or after effects were used or harmed in the making of this video. Video by Minky Productions. Photo by Urban Projections. Thanks to Tro Group & Vauxhall.
Mobile projection buggy created by Lumen.
In October 2013, Lumen teamed up with visual artists Sam Meech and Chris Paul Daniels to create a video installation for Virgin Records’ 40th anniversary art exhibition: 40 years of disruptions.
Creative Review featured the exhibition here or you can view images from the installation via Sam Meech’s photo archive here. Thanks to This is Real Art and Virgin Records.
In September 2014, we were commissioned by British luxury fashion accessories brand, Jimmy Choo Limited & artist Mat Collishaw to create large-scale crystals, from a mixture of video / projection mapping to cover polystyrene sculpture. The stunning installation was part of a collaboration with the British artist, Mat Collishaw and Jimmy Choo to launch their Cruise 2015 VICES collection.
This installation was one of most complex projections we have tackled to date, utilising over 24 7,000 lumen HD projectors in order to map some of the crystal shapes, some of which were over 8m tall. This larger-than-life creation was used to help launch Jimmy Choo’s first London store in October 2014.
Thanks go to our partners Urban Projections, along with Mat Collishaw & studio and Jimmy Choo.