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Tupac Martir’s Satore Studio is About to Rock Your Face

There are a very small group of people who live in our society who see things in the way that we all see things in our heads, but have the ability to take those brilliant, beautiful twilight thoughts and make them real for all to experience.  These people have the ability inside them to transform a location with art and light completely, or tell a story so vivid and so real that the lines between the production they design and the experience the audience has are blurred beyond reality.  My friend Ann Davis is one of those artists, Peter Morse and Jeff Waful are too; TJ Gerckens is one of those artists, as is Martin Kuhn from Moodbox in Switzerland.

This post is about one of those kinds of artists – the kind of person who sees a different color at night than most.  This post is about Tupac Martir of Satore Studio — so, JimOnLight readers, meet Tupac Martir — in this instance talking about one of his works, Nierka:

Now meet Tupac and his Satore Studio:

Show reel from Satore Studio on Vimeo.

It’s a rare occurrence when you meet someone whose ideas are so revolutionary, so different from mainstream thinking that they produce mainstream thinking.  It’s something that we all strive for, but you either have that talent or you do not have that talent.  No matter how much you pay on Yale, sometimes you just don’t have it.  Tupac has this talent; it always frankly just blows my mind when we talk about the projects he’s doing and the work that his firm is plotting.  An example of this would be one of his recent works, Nierka.  Or, if you happened to be at Coachella Music Festival this season back in April 2011, you would have seen Tupac’s work as well (in collaboration with another outstanding design firm, United Visual Artists):

Tupac does all kinds of design work with his firm all over the world.  His touch extends to artists like Beyonce, Elton John, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi — and to the fashion world, bringing his intimate knowledge of lighting to create overwhelmingly beautiful runway events during Fashion Week for designers from Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen and everything in between.  Designers like Tupac Martir (in a small pool of creative visionaries of our day like Neil Austin, Ann Davis, definitely Kevin Adams) are what I see as the next round of Appia and Craig in our society — in other words, these are the kinds of people to bring about the next big change to the way we think about certain things in our lives.  And, if not everyone will see and experience these changes, at least those of us who see their works, experience their art, and perhaps get lucky enough to collaborate on a project can have that realization that comes with seeing the work of a committed visionary.  You have to get it how and while you can get it, right?  I mean, “eh?”

I met Tupac because Nierka is using the BlackTrax technology from CAST.  We met at the ProLight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, and became fast friends.  It’s the whole “brother from another mother” thing that happens in the Universe, you know how it goes.  The man has creativity falling out of his beard; it’s hard to tie it down to one or two brilliant things.  I recently gave a seminar at PLASA 2012 with Tupac on using the wysiwyg suite to solve production problems, and I’ll share some of that seminar soon — but it was a pleasure to share the stage with an artist who is as proficient technically as they are artistically.  That’s right — Satore Studio is known for having f%$#ing amazing production paperwork.  I’M IN LOVE!  Stage Managers across the world unite — an artist CAN have excellent paperwork AND create great designs!

You have to see the video of Nierka below — it shows what Tupac is doing with tracking, and it’s pretty cool:

More Tupac and Satore Studio eye porn:

If you’re trying to find out who’s hottest and who’s doing the most innovative work, make sure that Tupac Martir and Satore Studio is on the top of your list.  I’ll be posting more about Tupac Martir and Satore Studio’s work as the days grow on.  Have an awesome Monday, everyone!

Update, Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 0746:
New photos from Satore Studio’s lighting of London Fashion Week — Williamson, Westwood, and House of Holland!  Beautiful!  See below.

 

Sarah Fox’s OLED Lighting Survey – Help Her Out, Everybody!

Good morning everyone!

So, it’s about that time of the morning where you’re probably on your Nth cup of coffee and are in need of another.  Well, that’s how it is for me, anyway!  Instead of doing that stupid Facebook survey to find out how many crazy Siberian monkeys are playing Cribbage on that northbound train into Manhattan, do a JimOnLight.com reader a favor and take her OLED Lighting in Architecture and Interior Design Survey!

Sarah Fox is almost finished with her MSc in Light and Lighting at University College in London, and she is conducting the survey for her thesis research .  Help her out, won’tcha?

While you’re at it, check out Sarah’s portfolio.  Good stuff, Sarah!

A Day in The Life of Jeff Waful, LD of Umphrey’s McGee

Talking to fellow lighting designers and seeing how they do things is one of my favorite parts of writing JimOnLight.com – just recently I had the absolute pleasure of having a nice long chat with Jeff Waful of Umprey’s McGee, and this morning I awoke to an email from Jeff about a two-part video he’s posted on his day.  From the bunk to the coffee, to the venue, to the focus, to the dinner, to the show – and then the out.  We end at the bunk again, as we always do on tourdays.

This is a great look into the life of a rock and roll lighting designer.  It’s well worth the watch.

Jeff, I will be buying you and Wade some drinks at some point soon.  Stay tuned.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Thanks, Jeff!

(and for all of you people out there who thought it would be awesome to assume his last name was not pronounced like that wonderful flat thing that goes with syrup and sausage, it’s actually pronounced “waffle.”  I’d like to see a waffle light UM like this Waful does, though.)

RE/DO by Piuarch and .PSLAB

Ah, .PSLAB’s work always impresses me.  I’ve written about them several times before, and I suspect I will write about them several more times before I expire.  RE/DO is a joint project between .PSLAB and the Italian (Milan) company Piuarch.  The work, an architectural lighting piece, is comprised of702 plastic gallon bottles turned into lighting modules by .PSLAB in Beirut and assembled a 5.5 X 8 meter light wall in Milan at the Piuarch studio.

Check out these images:

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Thanks, Yatzer!

New To Me Band: The Breakfast

I usually have my headphones taped to my face when I’m doing programming or drafting and design work in my office – I think I do this to give off the “leave me alone” signal, but it really helps me to concentrate.  I found a new band to jam on while I get into the artistic processes of this next show.  New to me, that is.  Archive.org has a ton of their stuff for free.  I’d classify it in the “Jam Band” category – it’s really tight and well-played.

Here’s the show I recommend if you’ve never heard them:

The Breakfast at the Higher Ground, Burlington, VT – 10-27-2007

The KLF – 3AM Eternal Video

Hey, remember the top o’ the 90’s, kids?

I was looking at old music videos the other day, and remembered about Bill Butt’s video for The KLF’s song “3AM Eternal.”  Remember that?  I wonder who had a better time – the director or the lighting designer?

Just a random departure – we all need those from time to time, and seeing awesome old videos from when I was in high school is a pick me up!

Howard Brandston and Learning To See

Do you know Howard Brandston?  Do you know of Howard Brandston?  Howard’s a lighting designer, and a heavy player in the industry.  He lit the Statue of Liberty and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, as well as many other high-profile projects.

Howard has written a book called LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light, and I just found a video of him talking about the book and a lot of other stuff – totally worth the nine minutes.  If you’re a lighting designer or engineer, specifically check out the video.

Check out Howard Brandston’s company page – Concerning Light.