Good Omens with spooky eyes, neon lights, 3D mapping, and beyond… We love it when creatives make it to our #LightboxNYC space. Scroll through to discover our favorite snaps from November taken by our community.
What happens when you country hop for 10 years straight to make the world a better place? CARE & Cargill stopped by our space to share their stories from around the world in celebration of their long term partnership where they exist globally and impact locally. Thanks to our HD projection mapping technology and other customizable digital features, guests were immersed in an audio and visual experience that had us traveling to far off places without having to pack a suitcase. Scroll through to see what you missed.
Our friends at Mashable & IGN stopped by our #LightboxNYC space to co-host a celebration of the brand new Amazon Prime TV series, “Good Omens“. Drawing from the premise of the brand new series in which an angel and a demon must join forces to find a way to save the world, our space was transformed into heaven and hell.
The upstairs became a fiery inferno and the downstairs an angelic space of peace where event goers got to flit in between to experience the juxtaposition of worlds colliding as well as celebrate the series in one go. Scroll through to see what you missed and check out the article by Mashable for more.
Meet CHiKA, a Japanese-born, New York based artist and New Media Resident at Mana Contemporary known for her LED lights, live video projections, and interactive works. Exhibited at numerous international venues and festivals, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and Design and more, CHiKA’s take on the experiential art space stands out amongst the masses making her minimalist geometric pieces love at first light.
We recently sat down with the artist to discuss her take on art and technology, invisible and visible lights, her newest residency with Future Lab at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and and her upcoming CultureHub LED Mappathon™ workshop. Read on to see why CHiKA is one to watch.
Lightbox: We like what you do. Tell us a little bit about your work and how you create it…
CHiKA: I play with Japanese homophones as a concept. Words have the same pronunciation but different meanings. For example, “EN” at the Bronx Museum means Circle ( 円 ), Connection ( 縁 ), and Feast ( 宴 ). “SEI05” at The New York Hall of Science means Star ( 星 ), Silent ( 静 ), Live ( 生 ).
All these meanings are hidden in the title of my artwork and help create a structure that gives meaning for co-creation with the public using the latest technology.
After coming up with a concept, I make a little goal and keep on creating and testing until just before the show starts. I love to find solutions and challenge.
L: What inspires your artistry?
C: I’m inspired by the invisible and visible, lights, shapes, sound in darkness, and co-creation with my public.
L: Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
C: Yes, I always want to be an artist.
L: What comes first? Art or technology?
C: I do not think of art and technology separately. I process my creation with art and tech together. No separation. Technology helps to reveal invisibility with the audience, which excites me very much.
L: So what’s next?
C: I am very excited to be in the Future Lab Residency program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City next January. I will be researching and making new ways to fabricate my artwork. I also want a challenge to create installations without a computer. Simple on-and-off analog light work with new fabrication structures, prints, and video work.
I am also a founder of Mappathon™ and my LED Mappathon™ workshop at CultureHub is coming up on November 17th-18th. Students will learn basic knowledge of Projection Mapping technology to map Digital LED lights. Find out more information about the upcoming workshop here.
Like what you see? Follow the artist on instagram @_imagima.
SkinMedica stopped by Lightbox for the launch of their very latest day & night moisturizer, LUMIVIVE. To celebrate the special day, a number of influencers were invited into the space to get an exclusive look at the product’s atmospheric skin protection. After a welcoming speech, guests were then escorted to another room to experience a guided meditation for a mentally cleansing state of bliss ✨
There’s something about lights, space, and silhouettes. We rounded up a list of Instagram accounts dedicated to the mystical moments shot at lightbox. From blue fish-eyed visions to floral 3D mapping, we love to share our altered world through the lens of our Lightbox fam.
Image c/o @creatureinthewoods
Image c/o @bennsu
Image c/o @_b.tran
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For this second installment we nod to our favorite moments at Lightbox, captured by our very own friends and fam who never fail to lighten up our space ✨
Image c/o @alaviaajaaferi
Image c/o @essocakes
Image c/o @starcoup
** Feature image c/o @alaviaajaaferi **
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Meet Jacqueline Dugal, a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and educator who’s currently on our radar. Influenced by science, psychology, and social issues, Dugal reveals their journey in acknowledging themselves as a true artist, and how they fuse technology with their craft.
Lightbox: We like what you do. Tell us a little a bit about your work…
Jacqueline Dugal: Thanks Lightbox! I’m primarily a performer and choreographer. Using contemporary dance as my medium, I enjoy setting work that is confrontational as to disrupt routine and rid the fake façade that mainstream society often outwardly displays. Psychology, science, and social issues often influence my work. My aesthetic is grounded, physical, animalistic and usually on the dark side. I’m not interested in the pretty things – we see enough of that in the media, I’m interested in the ugly, the contorted, and the beauty in the deconstructed, distorted and the unusual – that’s my type of beautiful.
LB: What inspires your artistry?
JD: People, personal experience, memory, readings, theories, science, psychology, and passionate opinions inspire my work. Sometimes my work begins from language and concept into a full movement work and sometimes the movement seeps out of my body and I discover the words to describe it later on in the process.
LB: Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
JD: No. I wanted to be many things growing up – a house painter, a ballerina, a forensic anthropologist – but I always knew that I wanted to stay curious, to be an independent thinker and creator with room to take risks and fail in order to find the answers I was looking for – so I guess maybe part of me always knew I wanted to be an artist.
I think it took time for me to truly feel confident calling myself “an artist”. I was “a dancer” for a long time, but becoming an artist took time, work, research, and letting go.
LB: What comes first? Art or technology?
JD: Art. Always. (I’m still the type of person who prefers a paper planner over Google Calendar.) My artistic work usually begins in the body, then finds it’s way onto paper, sometimes technological elements will present as inspiration or tools to work with but those elements usually come second for me as a way to amplify the work or have a conversation with it. However, art & technology are not always separate….that’s when I find them most fascinating.
LB: So what’s next?
JD: In the immediate future, I’m finishing up a Queens tour in conjunction with Queensboro dance Festival with a work I started 4 years ago and have revived this year, Tension of the Release, which closes at Queen’s Theatre October 14th. Then I’m looking forward to diving head first into research on a new work – lots of studio time, reading, writing, and reflecting in addition to finalizing all the moving pieces for Dugal Dance 2019.
LB: Name three artists to watch and tell us why you chose them?
JD: This is real hard to narrow down….
Alexeya – she combines both loves of music & dance beautifully and is fierce as always! Kelsey Rondeau aka Kalandra Bankhead is a fabulous performer expanding the edges of modern dance and drag in ways that amaze and captivate me. Jamie Amadruto aka VØID, Producer, Musician & DJ – Jamie provides a new feel of music depicting raw emotions and his beats are grimey and delicious! (He also happens to be the love of my life.)
Follow her on Instagram at: @jacquelinedugal
Feature Image: Jacqui Dugal performing solo Redux, a collaboration between choreographer Jacqui Dugal and composer Brett Copeland, at COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad & Tobago’s Queen’s Hall
Flashing back to that time in 2016 when Serena Williams + Milos Raonic visited Lightbox. Our friends at Wilson brought the icons in and worked with us to transform our space into a full-blown tennis court for an intimate group of elite press and media teams to be the first to experience some new gear.
At the event, Serena and Milos showcased a continuation of Roger Federer’s new Pro Staff RF 97 Autographed racket— aka: the first racket to feature new pro tennis design DNA. Federer provided the Wilson team with all the feedback they needed to create a simple, clean, and intentionally disruptive racket.
The mission? Wilson was determined to continue pushing their idea of changing the game of modern tennis, while also introducing their new uncontaminated design DNA for their performance racket line. Did they accomplish? With a mixture of spacial creativity and an awesome new racket to boot, how could they not accomplish their goal? 😉
Watch the timelapse to see what you missed.