An Artist’s View – Light Up the North Conference Session

A session focusing on changes artists are making due to COVID-19 – part of LUTN Why Light – the Future of Light Art Festivals conference.

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This session will concentrate on how various established artists are having to change not only the way they work but how they present their work due to COVID-19 and the various restrictions this has imposed.  

We will speak to three artists who have presented work for LUTN and see how this may have affected them and what their future plans are. 

This session is for artists, programmers, producers and anyone who might be thinking about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their practice, livelihoods, programming etc.

Speakers include:

  • Seb De Lisle, Artist (HOST)
  • Adam Finlay, ’Studio Director’ Novak
  • Akeelah Betram, Artist

Seb Lee-Delisle, Artist (HOST)

Seb Lee-Delisle is a digital artist and speaker who specialises in large scale interactive light installations. His work is a celebration of technology that encourages interaction and playfulness from the public.  Drawing on his previous experience as a game programmer, he worls with electronics, lasers and high power projectors to bring his artworks to life. Notable projects include Laser Light Synths, super bright bespoke synthesisers with laser visuals for the public to play, and PixelPyros, the Arts Council funded digital fireworks display that toured nationwide in 2013. Seb likes to demystify programming and explore its artistic possibilities. His presentations and workshops enable artists to overcome their fear of code and encourage programmers of all backgrounds to be more creative and imaginative.

Adam Finlay, ’Studio Director’ Novak

Adam Finlay is co-founder and Studio Director of NOVAK,a  creative studio producing  innovative and ambitious art and design projects.  NOVAK specialises in video design and immersive experiences, encompassing projection mapping, art and museum installations, stage visuals for music artists and video accompaniments for theatre and dance performances.

The work of NOVAK is often site-specific and on a grand and spectacular scale, that transforms and reimagines locations into extraordinary displays of colour and motion. Informed and inspired by the location of the work, their designs are visually stunning, while also conveying geographically relevant historic and cultural narratives that resonate deeply with audiences.

NOVAK has been commissioned by an extensive range of clients, including Bloomberg, Artichoke and 14-18 NOW. They have presented work throughout the world and at some of the most highly regarded arts festivals, including the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere (London, Durham and Derry-Londonderry), Light Night Leeds and the internationally renowned Singapore Night Festival.  Their work has also featured alongside many critically acclaimed musicians at some of the world’s leading music events; including Glastonbury (UK), Coachella (USA), Fuji Rock (Japan) and Roskilde (Denmark).

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Akeelah Betram, Artist 

Akeelah Bertram is a cross-disciplinary artist specialising in making immersive experiences. Materially her work blends light, sound, sculpture and interactions to create hybrid immersive environments that prioritise emotional experiences. Conceptually she is interested in collective narratives, challenging perspectives and innovating modes of communication. 

​Akeelah has worked with a range of institutions, practitioners and audiences, often shifting between the roles of artist and director. In doing so she has developed an inclusive and responsive approach to collaboration and pooling insight. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since studying at the University of Leeds, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, (Dresden) and the Royal College of Art (London).  

​From 2020-21 Akeelah will be one of two artists representing the UK as part of the international project Contested Desires. This capacity building project will explore the role of heritage spaces in navigating shared colonial histories, consisting of workshops and residencies in Portugal, Spain, the UK and Cyprus.

This session is part of Why Light – The Future of Light Festivals. Join us for the third Light Up the North conference being held online on Weds 9 and Thurs 10 December.

If you’re a festival producer, event manager, artist, practitioner, curator, local authority, funder or other organisation interested in light art festivals then this conference is for you.

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