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The Luminous Arts Podcast

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The Luminous Podcast is a discussion series featuring artists, designers, and engineers active in the new media art scenes. Join the host Robb Pope, cofounder of Digital Ambiance and longtime visual artist, on a journey exploring the landscape of modern new-media arts. The guests range from VJ’s to Sculptural Artists, Lighting techs, VR Designers and everyone in between. The discussions featured on the podcast are an honest, in-depth look at the lives and challenges facing today's most accomplished and respected voices in the new media, immersive, and visual arts scenes.

The Luminous Podcast is a discussion series featuring artists, designers, and engineers active in the new media art scenes. Join the host Robb Pope, cofounder of Digital Ambiance and longtime visual artist, on a journey exploring the landscape of modern new-media arts. The guests range from VJ’s to Sculptural Artists, Lighting techs, VR Designers and everyone in between. The discussions featured on the podcast are an honest, in-depth look at the lives and challenges facing today's most accomplished and respected voices in the new media, immersive, and visual arts scenes.

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United States

Description:

The Luminous Podcast is a discussion series featuring artists, designers, and engineers active in the new media art scenes. Join the host Robb Pope, cofounder of Digital Ambiance and longtime visual artist, on a journey exploring the landscape of modern new-media arts. The guests range from VJ’s to Sculptural Artists, Lighting techs, VR Designers and everyone in between. The discussions featured on the podcast are an honest, in-depth look at the lives and challenges facing today's most accomplished and respected voices in the new media, immersive, and visual arts scenes.

Language:

English

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Episodes

Bill Galusha , Luminous Podcast Episode 023

10/12/2021
Bill and I started to circle each other off of the Shiny list about a year and a half ago. He’s an OG head in the new media arts scene and he’s worked with some of the most iconic groups and projects in our community. Bot and Dolly, Future Forward, Nonotak, Obscura, GMunk, VT Pro, Leviathan, he’s been around the block and literally knows everyone doing anything cool with tech art. Just recently we started working together in a professional context and I thought it was about time we did an...

Duration:01:19:46

Nicholas Perillo, Luminous Podcast Episode 022

9/6/2021
Nick is the creative mind behind one of the most impressive works of kinetic new media arts I’ve seen. The piece is called morph and it’s truly a genius mix of form, motion, light, and sound. I saw the work come through my social media feeds and immediately wanted to get in touch. Our conversation was mostly about the creative process, I wanted to understand how Morph went from concept to reality. Hired by a curator from Austria to produce the piece for a gallery show in a renovated...

Duration:01:46:27

Tiffany Trenda, Luminous Podcast Episode 021

7/27/2021
Tiffany Trenda is a new media fashion artist based out of LA. We met each other through my friend Anouk, another new media artist active in the fashion-tech scene. I was curious how the conversation would go. We spoke on the phone about a week ago and our conversation was really flowing. That totally continued through this episode. She’s spent her artistic career creating a physical narrative through performances using handmade costumes and tech-infused clothing. She never shows her face...

Duration:01:18:53

Luke Taylor, Luminous Podcast Episode 020

5/31/2021
Welcome back to the Luminous Arts! This time I’m talking to my friend Luke Taylor from all the way over in Australia. He’s the lead engineer for Advatek, the company that makes the Pixlite line of LED controllers. We’ve been using his hardware for years, giving them shit when we need new features and working with them to keep the needs of the light artist front and center in their development process. This episode is a nerdy one, so be forewarned, we get into the weeds! We talk about how...

Duration:01:24:25

Shlomo Zippel, Luminous Podcast Episode 019

5/4/2021
Welcome back my artist people! In this episode I’m talking with Shlomo Zippel, a developer turned light artist based out of the Bay Area. We’ve kind of been in each other’s orbits for years but we’d never actually met in person. Recently I started dating a friend of his, and that prompted me to get in touch. He was one of the original contributors to the software and hardware driving the Tree of Tenere and he’s been in the scene for the past 10 years. I figured we’d have a lot to talk...

Duration:01:54:12

Toshi Hoo, Luminous Podcast Episode 018

3/30/2021
Toshi and I have been friends for almost 20 years. I met him on a beach in Cape Cod during a psytrance party. He was an established VJ in the Boston scene and I was just trying to figure out how that whole world worked. He brought me into the fold and taught me about the software and the methods that people were using to mix visuals live to electronic music. We’ve stayed in touch throughout the years, both moving to the Bay Area, both pursuing our own careers, watching each other grow and...

Duration:01:42:04

Joshua White, Luminous Podcast Episode 017

3/9/2021
This is a really special episode for me. Joshua is one of the pioneers in the performance visual arts scene. He was one of the first to project live visuals on stage and since I was 18 years old I’ve known about his work as one of the pioneers of visual music. When I was vjing professionally back in 2005 I got a chance to meet Josh and work with him at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. I wanted to go deep with him then and get into his story but there just wasn’t time. This year I...

Duration:01:25:23

Richard DDT Trapani, Luminous Podcast Episode 016

2/10/2021
Good morning people! In this episode, I sit down with my longtime friend Rich Trapani, or Rich DDT as residents of the Bay Area know him. Originally out of my hometown, Boston, he’s made a name for himself out on the West Coast running an immersive new media salon called Lovetech. It’s a dance party slash multimedia arts expose where tinkerers, artists, and other participants can hang out, socialize, and expose each other to new types of tech, grab a drink, or get down on the dance floor to...

Duration:01:38:52

Bob Bonniol, Luminous Podcast Episode 015

11/10/2020
Welcome back, everybody! This episode is with Bob Bonniol, the founder of Mode Studios in Seattle, and a longtime inspiration to me. He’s a legend in the live show production industry, being at the forefront of new media technologies as they made their way onto the stage. Coming up in the Theatrical world, he was an early adopter of projection mapping and the use of complex control systems to achieve new effects that pushed the envelope on Broadway and later in the concert touring...

Duration:00:53:46

Sofia Aronov, Luminous Podcast Episode 014

9/8/2020
Hey everyone, welcome back to the Luminous Arts Podcast! Today I’m talking with Sofia Aronov, an Italian experiential designer and new media artist living and working in NYC. I met Sofia on a trip to Brooklyn back in 2019. She was working for Fake Love, the experiential advertising company by The New York Times. In January 2020, she became Senior Experiential Designer in the Experience Team of PepsiCo Design and Innovation Center. Originally from Milan, she’s had a very international journey...

Duration:00:59:10

Steve Lieberman, Luminous Podcast Episode 013

8/19/2020
Hey everyone, welcome to the 13th episode of the Luminous Arts Podcast! Steve Lieberman is a longtime friend and inspiration of mine. He’s a lighting designer who’s work is world-renowned in the festival stage and high-end nightclub arenas. I met Steve back in the early 2000s when I was working with Vello Virkhause at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Since then we’ve kept in touch and I’ve always been inspired by the work that he does. I really enjoyed this conversation as it was a rare...

Duration:00:59:59

Forest Stearns, Luminous Podcast Episode 012

7/7/2020
Forest and I have been friends for almost 12 years. We were talking about art projects before I started Digital Ambiance and before he was an Art Director at Deviant Art down in LA. He’s a prolific illustrator and street artist who’s skills with a paintbrush, spray can, and tablet are unparalleled among the many artists I know. He is based in Oakland, where he leads DRAWEVERYWHERE STUDIOS on a range of creative collaborations. We’ve had the opportunity to work together a number of times,...

Duration:01:29:20

Mark Slee, Luminous Podcast Episode 011

6/25/2020
In this episode of Luminous Arts, I talk with Mark Slee, the creator of LX Studio, the software behind the Tree of Tenere. He’s an accomplished producer and light artist who runs an art gallery out of San Francisco. We’re both quarantined in separate corners of the world due to the Coronavirus, with Mark in Montreal and me in the British Virgin Islands. Fortunately, remote podcasting is a thing and our connection was solid, so hopefully, it’ll sound pretty good. We talk about the role of...

Duration:01:05:35

Timo Lejeune, Luminous Podcast Episode 010

5/5/2020
Well, that was an excellent conversation. I just finished a long episode of the Luminous Arts with Timo Lejeune, a light artist based in the Netherlands. His group, Lumus Instruments, combines light and music in integrated performances using a custom software stack that he’s creating. One part sculptural lighting artists, one part music producers, he’s creating really unique installations that synchronize the lighting and the music by creating both from the same software. The main outlet for...

Duration:01:33:47

Gabriel Dunne, Luminous Podcast Episode 009

4/1/2020
Hey everybody! This episode of the Podcast is with Gabriel Dunne, an interactive multimedia artist and code wizard who’s been a staple of the Bay Area New-Media Arts scene for more than a decade. He’s one of the original members of the OOOShiny list, a gathering place and discussion forum for some of the most prolific new-media artists worldwide. This group is actually how I tapped into our community here in the Bay and it’s one of my favorite resources to find people doing interesting...

Duration:01:38:46

Keith Anderson, Luminous Podcast Episode 008

2/12/2020
Keith and I met for the first time during my trip to Vegas this year for the LDI Conference. I learned about his work as a VJ in the festival scene years ago and at Burning Man this year he started dating one of my installation techs! When they both moved to Vegas together so that Keith could take a job-creating custom visuals for Melt Creative, I knew I most likely had a place to crash during LDI (and a new podcast episode!) We start the conversation out with some details about where...

Duration:01:37:46

Tyler Kicera, Luminous Podcast Episode 007

11/19/2019
Hey everyone, welcome to the Luminous Podcast! This week I did my first remote episode of the show, which actually went really smoothly. I sat down (across the country) with Tyler Kicera, Senior Director of the Kinetics Department at Tait Towers. They’re responsible for some of the most incredible kinetic stage designs and permanent installations in the world, including the London 2012 Olympics, U2, Queen, & Rodger Waters world tours, all of Deadmouse’s ridiculous stages, The Wynn in Las...

Duration:01:27:53

Rebeca Sanchez Pastor, Luminous Podcast Episode 006

9/30/2019
I met with Rebeca while she was in the country consulting on a new nightclub design in Las Vegas. Her company, LEDs Control is a very prolific LED feature design firm and has a lot in common with Digital Ambiance. She’s a Mexican native, Barcelona-based entrepreneur who started in the lighting industry in 2001 as a self-taught student of lighting control software. She performed as a light jockey in entertainment venues and events across Mexico. In 2005 she moved to Barcelona and studied...

Duration:01:35:36

Matthew Ragan, Luminous Podcast Episode 005

8/19/2019
Hey everybody, today Matthew Ragan joins me for a beer here at the Lumen Labs and we talk all about his life and career in the world of projection mapping. He’s a Touch Designer Wizard who started out doing live performance art at Keen State back in the early 2000’s, then during his masters program at Arizona State he hosted a popular Touch Designer Tutorial vlog. Working closely with Derivative Software he developed a host of teaching materials geared at educating a new generation of users...

Duration:01:31:36

Scott Draves, Luminous Podcast Episode 004

6/16/2019
My friendship with Scott goes back to before I moved to the West Coast. He’s an artist & programmer that made his name coding phenomenal generative artwork. His most well-known piece, titled “Electric Sheep”, started as a self-evolving algorithm, gaining traction in the Motion Graphics community before becoming a phenomenon unto itself. Seeing the potential in crowdsourcing the processing that created the generative patterns, he created a system allowing users to vote on the visual...

Duration:01:20:14