trafficlight sponsors sustainable lighting for Next Wave Festival

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2008

Ash Keating’s curated project 2020? for this year’s Next Wave Festival, is a large-scale, evolving installation that focuses attention on the future importance of environmental sustainability within artistic practice. Essentially it is a process-based project that involves 4 truck loads of waste dumped en-masse at the Arts House space at the Meat Market in North Melbourne, for a team of collaborating artists to work with.

Ironically labeled, but completely coincidental with the recent 2020 summit, Ash Keating, titled the project with the concern for the way our world will be by 2020, and the importance of finding sustainable solutions about how we live our lives.

When being approached by Ash, trafficlight’s director Michael Jankie and lighting designer Niklas Pajanti, thought the project was an innovative way of using waste, and creatively presenting an environmental concern to an audience. Jankie’s suggestion of environmentally aware or more sustainable lighting was an ideal solution for lighting the 2020? project.

As a lighting designer, Pajanti speaks of theatre lighting as having access to a whole range of lamps and lighting solutions. The lighting for 2020? will utilize a combination of LED fixtures (light emitting diodes), CFL’s (compact fluorescents) and standard theatrical incandescent fixtures. LED technology is particularly useful for sustainability purposes as it has extremely low power consumption, low heat generation, instantaneous on/off control and in general a longer life span than incandescent lamps.

Ash Keating is a visual artist who predominately integrates ecological issues into a hybrid art practice. Recipient of 2008 Gertrude Contemporary Art spaces Studio residency program, and 2008 Asialink Visual Arts Residency. Past projects include: Parched, Pascua Lama, 250-hours – work for 1 person/press release.

Niklas Pajanti is an award winning lighting designer whose practice ranges across contemporary art forms and performance styles including opera, circus, dance, drama, comedy, events and public spaces. Recent work includes Brink Productions’ When the Rain Stops Falling, Shaun Parker’s This Show Is About People, Ranters’ Theatre Holiday, Company B Belvoir’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

trafficlight is an independent specialist design and production management studio. Clients include Token Events, Jack Morton Worldwide, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Gardens of Unearthly Delights and FederationSquare.

Event Details:

23 – 31 May 2008

Venue : Arts House, Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, Nth Melbourne

Dates and Times: 2 – 9pm daily

Opening 22 May, 7-11pm, forum 31 May, 2.30-4.30pm, closing 31 May, closing 5-8pm.