The Light Minded Movement was created by April Dorrian and Dan Hodgson from manufacturer Zumtobel Group UK, Emma Cogswell from The International Association of Lighting Designers, Brendan Keely and Juliet Rennie from The Society of Light and Lighting, Jess Gallacher and Jo Bell from the Institution of Lighting Professionals and Colin Ball, a member of all three organisations. At the beginning of the global Covid-19 crisis it was recognised by all of the Light Minded Team that the lighting profession is a very creative one that works well with others. The sudden closure of our normal working practices prompted us to be connected in new ways.
Instagram has enabled the group to create a bright space where inspirational light related images have been uploaded. From a humble start and now 20 weeks in, the movement is boasting a following of over a thousand people and not just from the lighting industry.
The content has been kept fresh with the addition of surprise guest editors. These enlightened individuals have graciously given their time and content for a week at a time. Designers include Michael Grubb – Michael Grubb Studio, Liz West – Light Artist, Colin Ball – BDP, Philip Levine & Ana Stojadinovic – The Smallest Gallery Soho and Light Artist and Designers, Katia Kolovea – ArchiFos, Rhiannon West – westudio and Luke Artingstall – Artin Light.
This week sees the announcement that British Artist Bruce Munro will be the last guest editor of the Light Minded Movement Instagram site before a summer break.
Bruce is a lighting designer with considerable experience in private and public works, notably large scale installations at The Eden Project, Cornwall and the Field of Light Sensorio, California. He has captured and represented his responses to such stimuli as music, literature, science and the world. The Light Minded Movement Instagram site is set to feature a brand new video about his new installation, Ribbon of Light.
Ribbon of Light was a specially designed installation created during lockdown – the installation is a shimmering ribbon of light along the River Knoll in Wiltshire, created as a tribute to the hard work and dedication of NHS workers and volunteers.
The ribbon itself is made up of over 66,000 donated CDs and runs 1650 metres adjacent to the public footpath and is free and able to be enjoyed by all.