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.
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 ✨
This is what you missed from the ‘Breaking The Code: Why Tech Needs Women’ event that took place in our space, Spring 2016.
The tech industry needs women and Cosmopolitan, along with Intel and Rebecca Minkoff, were here to tell you why. This talk was centered around creating diverse teams in the workplace and how such diversity will set up companies for large scale future success.
In a male dominated industry, this event was meant to highlight the importance of women and remind us that creativity thrives in inclusive environments.
We sat down with Lightbox Lab artist, Julia Sinelnikova, who’s recognized for her unique hand-cut light sculptures, to discuss her creative process and more.
So you work with holograms, performance and digital culture. Where do your ideas come from, how do you create?
My work explores intersections between nature, technology and spirituality. I was influenced by occult folklore as a child in Russia, and today use archetypes pulled from this to engage with my immersive environmental works, as with my character, “The Oracle.” Visual imagery which leads my mind includes foliage and the cell structures of plants, mandalas and shapes found through meditation. Building my sculptures, and the performances which activate them, is a spiritual ritual aimed at drawing audiences into a state of self-awareness.
When I begin a project, I make drawings of how I want it to appear from numerous angles, and write about it in my notebook for several weeks. Sometimes the image of the final work hits me right away, whereas other times I am inspired by a material, and the work grows more organically – a modular form. My installations are site specific, so when I see a space, my mind does math to determine the objects and light beams to be arranged.
What comes first the art or the technology?
All the technology you need lies in your mind and hands.
If not an artist, then what would you be?
I was enrolled in extracurricular art classes as early as the second grade, and friends say they could not imagine me doing anything else. I agree. However, it took me years of working in the art world to realize I needed to focus on producing my vision full time. I considered going to college for sociology, english or computer science early on, and worked on an environmental campaign for a year in Texas after graduating high school a year early. In NYC I worked at various organizations such as Christie’s, Brooklyn Museum and output until I finally went freelance, and put the production skills I had learned to use by running my own studio.
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
That’s a tough question, but it would be M.I.A. She has done incredible work using the global pop culture platform to speak articulately about humanitarian issues, which is so rare in the mainstream creative landscape. I remember seeing her photo and a brief write up introducing her on the last page of The New Yorker way back when, and next thing she was touring worldwide. I just admire her and think we would get along.
Lightbox was a great space to collaborate for producing my new-media based work. The work requires a hanging sculptural installation, and the space was ready for rigging, complete with ladders and adjustable lighting. I also needed several projectors to map, which the space has many of. We planned a one night opening event this past fall with two other participating artist groups, and the location was great for our guests because it is right next to Times Square, NYC.
We sat down with Lightbox Lab artist, Jillian Barkley to discuss her upcoming show and more.
Lightbox: Give us the breakdown. What does it mean to be a visual artist and experiential designer? How do you approach your work?
Jillian Barkley: I think being a visual artist is different for everyone. A lot of artists approach their work with a specific message or meaning in mind, but my work is more about creating things I wish existed. Most of my 2D work is creating these kind of weird abstract scenes that maybe couldn’t exist in this dimension but something you could experience in a dream. I try to apply the same philosophy when creating environmental work. For me, allowing people to have that moment of transcendence as if they’ve peeked into another world is the ultimate measure of a successful installation.
LB: Does your freelance work influence your artwork? If so, how?
JB: I don’t think my freelance work directly influences my art, but I do think it makes me a better artist. I tend to work primarily with tech companies, so having the opportunity to take a brand that exists only in the digital ether and bring them to life in a physical way is a really special thing but also comes with its own set of challenges. I’m grateful for the learning opportunities those jobs have afforded me and I think ultimately has made me a stronger creative.
LB: If not an artist, then what would you be?
JB: When I was a kid I really wanted to be a dancer. I would watch MTV for hours and memorize dance moves and by the time I was in high school I was taking lessons every day after school. I still take classes recreationally, and will dance in my art studio often.
LB: What comes first, the art or the technology?
JB: Always the art. If an idea can be made stronger through technology then I’m happy to incorporate it, but I think a lot of people get swept up in what’s cutting edge because it’s new and not necessarily because it’s interesting.
LB: Why Lightbox?
JB: Lightbox isn’t a traditional gallery, but more of a community hub. The residency has been very collaborative throughout, and it’s nice to build something site-specific in such a versatile and adaptive space.