The Luminous Arts Podcast
Bill Galusha , Luminous Podcast Episode 023

Bill Galusha , Luminous Podcast Episode 023

October 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 episode together.  You should check this one out if for no other reason than to listen to us gossip like old grandpas and reminisce stories from the heat of battle.  I consider Bill a good friend at this point, someone who really understands the game and I can talk to about the challenges that I face putting together crews and running my company.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did, it’s a good one!

 

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Nicholas Perillo, Luminous Podcast Episode 022

Nicholas Perillo, Luminous Podcast Episode 022

September 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 castle, the final setting for this piece could not be a better contrast to their high-tech installation.  

 

His co-creators, MindBuffer, developed the software used to drive the light, motion, and sound and are geniuses in their own right.  I definitely look forward to meeting them as well.  They all came together in Berlin and worked out of a maker space called MotionLab to finish the build.

 

Definitely check out their portfolio page before you listen to this episode so you get a sense of the project we’re talking about.  Hope you enjoy the episode, I know I did!

 

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Facebook

 

Tiffany Trenda, Luminous Podcast Episode 021

Tiffany Trenda, Luminous Podcast Episode 021

July 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 and encourages the audience to interact with screens that are attached to her body.  

 

Her work is really unique and super compelling.  We talk about performance art in the time of Covid, bridging the uncanny valley, how NFT’s apply to physical new media art, and of course, the singularity.

 

Check it out, I know you’ll love this one!

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Unseen, virtual performance

Luke Taylor, Luminous Podcast Episode 020

Luke Taylor, Luminous Podcast Episode 020

May 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 his company formed and the path he’s taken as a developer working in the pixel control world.  Sorting through the myriad of pixel technologies can be a dizzying process, but his company does a great job demystifying it for amateurs and professionals alike.

 

We talk about the fundamental ways that artists use LED controllers to tie their installations together, what kinds of features are important and matter to people, and the line between controller and pattern engine.

 

It’s a fascinating if not a totally geeky conversation, and I’m stoked we finally got to connect and have a good chat.

Shlomo Zippel, Luminous Podcast Episode 019

Shlomo Zippel, Luminous Podcast Episode 019

May 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 about!

 

Recently Shlomo’s been working on launching an experiential art space here in San Francisco.  Kind of in the vein of Meow Wolf and Team Labs but with a decidedly light-art/Avatar-esque feel to it.  He’s putting a unique spin on the concept of immersive art installations and collaborating with some amazing local light artists.  

 

Simultaneously he’s developing an LED controller that he wants to take to market soon after his art space launches.  It’s really software that he’s developing to run on a variety of microcontroller platforms.  It incorporates a really capable pattern engine and it works in a fundamentally distributed manner.  Like you would deploy lots of them into an installation and they work like some kind of LED hive mind.  The swarm of controllers collectively spread the processing power out across the entire fleet of devices meaning there’s no need for a massive and expensive server sitting at the center of the installation.  It’s a super cool concept and I loved geeking out with him on how this type of system could change the way artists think about their installations.  It’s a great conversation, yet another amazing artist/engineer doing crazy things with technology.  I think you’re going to dig it!

 

Photo credit: Eleanor Preger

Toshi Hoo, Luminous Podcast Episode 018

Toshi Hoo, Luminous Podcast Episode 018

March 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 mature on our own respective paths.  When he agreed to do an episode of the Luminous Arts I was stoked and even though we couldn’t sit down in person it was so good to catch up.

Toshi is an amazingly deep thinker and a very intelligent guy.  Our conversation was fun because it let both of us go deep on some really important topics relating to the ethics of the use of technology.  He works for the Institute for the Future, a non-profit focused on just that.  He runs a department there that allows him to explore, among other things, the various ways that VR can be used to generate positive change in the world.

 

I think you’re going to dig this conversation.  It winds its way through the world of immersive new media art, through the role of social media in society, and into our responsibility to help shape the world using technology.  Let’s dive in!

 

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Institute for the Future

Joshua White, Luminous Podcast Episode 017

Joshua White, Luminous Podcast Episode 017

March 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 reached out and asked him to do an episode and he agreed!

 

We had an excellent conversation about how he came up in the scene during the 60s and the influence that San Francisco during the Summer of Love had on his artistic development.  He tells me about the cultural atmosphere that allowed his work to flourish and what it was like to make a name for himself during that time.  It’s a really cool recounting of the bicoastal counterculture during another period of national upheaval and it’s hilarious how similar things were.

 

It struck me how some of the paths he blazed to make a living creating new media art are the same paths I see myself and my peers walking.  It was cool to reflect on the generational differences and similarities between us and get his perspective on the state of new media arts today.

 

So check it out, I think you’ll dig our conversation and maybe it will help to put your own work and career path into a new perspective!

 

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Richard DDT Trapani, Luminous Podcast Episode 016

Richard DDT Trapani, Luminous Podcast Episode 016

February 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 some of the scenes most innovative producers.  It’s been happening for about 10 years now until Covid threw a wrench into the live nightlife scene.

 

Rich is really active in the new media arts scene and was one of the artists selected to produce custom work for the new Meow Wolf property in Vegas.  He’s spent time working with Illuminate the Arts and Anticlockwise producing permanent placemaking features.  We talk about the state of immersive theater and how COVID might fundamentally change the shape of counterculture going forward.  It’s a really interesting conversation and I think you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed having it!

 

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LoveTech Twitter

LoveTech Instagram

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Bob Bonniol, Luminous Podcast Episode 015

Bob Bonniol, Luminous Podcast Episode 015

November 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 world.

 

Our conversation was a short one but a fun one.  I’ve been waiting a while to have a chance to talk with Bob and it was fun to just sit back and see where things went.  Evidently, we’re both big fans of futurists because that’s exactly where this conversation ended up!  I’ll let you listen and we’ll get right into it.  Hope you enjoy!

 

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Sofia Aronov, Luminous Podcast Episode 014

Sofia Aronov, Luminous Podcast Episode 014

September 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 to get to where she is today.  Like me, she’s obsessed with creating interactive installation art and using technology to communicate in unique ways.  

 

We have a great conversation about how our work has changed since COVID, how the creative process is adapting to life in isolation, and how we can all stay connected despite the shift in the social paradigm.  We only had about an hour to talk and I think we both could have kept going for a lot longer.  It was a great conversation and I’m definitely looking forward to the next time we get to hang out.

 

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