LUMA’s strength is in collaboration. We work closely with our creative partners and guest artists to help develop the concepts and ideas on display at LUMA. Some of the installations have been shown previously in other festivals, but for the most part our artists create or modify their work to suit site specific locations in the unique setting of the Queenstown Gardens. Check out the installations page for their works.
The South Island Light Orchestra, AKA SILO, is Tim Buckley, Luke Baldock, Simon Holden, Dan Move and Duncan Forsyth. SILO was created as a collaborative vehicle to celebrate light through design and innovation. With an emphasis on creating light installations that push the boundaries of art and technology through illumination, projection and interactivity.
Look out for a number of pop-up activations that are not on the map from SILO this year.
Angus Muir Design
Award-winning studio Angus Muir Design, works at the intersection of people, space and objects. Dedicated to renewing and revitalising spaces while acknowledging their history, Angus Muir Design balances these three components to architect a mesmeric experience, unique and specific to each project and site. Angus Muir Design’s portfolio features a broad range of permanent and temporary projects, with an end-to-end design and installation service for every client - whether it be an event, interactive project, private commission, interior project, public work, or advertising/corporate sector assignment.
Angus Muir Design consists of a diverse and tight-knit team with varied experiences and skillsets, enhancing the company’s united and rigorous approach to projects. Keen collaborators, the studio work regularly with other industry leaders in specialised fabrication and services.
The studio team works concurrently on a number of international projects, striving towards providing innovative, stimulating and brief-specific solutions for every client. Angus Muir Design are at the vanguard of research and development, always looking for ways to bring new life to the personal and collective experience of spaces.
Nocturnal designs and delivers unique sensorial experiences. Specialists in performance visuals and multimedia installations, transporting you to alternate realities and altering your perception of this one.
Nocturnal pushes pixels to light festivals around New Zealand and abroad, delighting audiences with their creative installations.
At Tom Tom Productions we’re the next generation thinkers in event production in New Zealand.
From concept to closing we offer creative, complete production solutions. With us you can make one call and get the productions wheels for your event in full motion.
We can take on any size and shape of event, anywhere in New Zealand. We’ve worked on some of the most complex events the country has ever seen, and in some of the craziest environments you can imagine – and loved every minute of it!
We won’t get all techy on you, but we’ve got some cutting edge gear. Put this together with our know-how, creativity and a ‘can-do’ attitude and we’ve got everything to make your event rock, shine, pop, hum – whatever you need it to do.
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Tom Tom Productions
Mapping Monday is a collective of multimedia experimentalists that come together on Mondays to explore new technology and workshop ideas together. The Auckland team have a focus on exploring the relationship between visual imagery, light, and sound design to create innovative installations that push the boundaries of creative possibility. The artists in the collective collaborate on multiple projection mapping pieces that light up a range of events. Each of these artworks bring facades to life and give the audience a new perspective on the area they are within.
Creature Post is an Auckland based creative studio founded by Lakshman Anandanayagam and Kim Baldwinson. They have worked on a wide variety of commercial and artistic projects both here in New Zealand and overseas, turning their hand to any project or media platform that tickles their fancy, with a focus on design and visually engaging images.
With a background as a Flame artist in commercial post production, Lakshman has been crafting colours and shapes and committing all kinds of visual skullduggery for film, TV, experimental installations and exhibitions since 2004. The company has exhibited work at Luma Southern Lights Project, Lux, Art in the Dark, The Auckland War Memorial Museum, MOTAT and Splore.
Daniel K. Brown and Mark K. Johnson
Daniel K. Brown is a multimedia installation artist whose works have been exhibited in festivals internationally in the USA, Italy, France and New Zealand. A 5-year retrospective of his installations was exhibited in the Italy Pavilion of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the exhibition: "Reflections of the Future: work that unveils a vision of architecture as civil art capable of generating solutions for a society in the midst of deep-seated change."
Mark K. Johnson recently completed his PhD dissertation in music at Victoria University of Wellington. He previously studied music at University of Nevada, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. He was artist in residence with the Nevada Opera and a regular concert soloist for the Reno Symphony. He made his solo concert debut with the American Symphony at Lincoln Centre, New York in 1989 in the role of David in Honegger’s Le Roi David.
Daniel K Brown
Mark K Johnson
I am a New Zealand-born painter, illustrator and musician presently based in San Francisco. I grew up with skateboarding, comics, bands, and dreamers. I've always felt a need to create. I've pursued this path for over twenty years and still consider myself a student. I gravitate towards breathing line-work, stylized characters, science and sci-fi themes, mythology and instances of transformation. As an appreciator of art, I enjoy its escapism and transportive nature and I try to imbue this in my own work. My art is often a search to reconcile opposites; the simple and the complex, reason and intuition, precision and mess. Art is my tool, my mistress, my Philosphers' Stone - I continue to be humbled and enriched by its practice.
Robert Appierdo Creative Director/Founder
Robert has a background in the arts, design and political science. His passion for storytelling and creating experiences stretches across film, multimedia, vjing, creative direction and light/art festivals. He is a hybrid creative type who is only truly happy when he is developing new ideas and then making them come to life with purpose driven people.
Desna Whaanga-Schollum collaborates with a wide variety of communities, business professionals, artists and academics to achieve results which effect change in people, practice and place. She serves on several design and arts governance boards and is actively involved in Māori discourse via research, exhibitions and wānanga. Her Science Communication Masters Thesis (Otago Uni), is titled “Taipōrutu, Taonga Tuku Iho. Articulating a Mātauranga Māori Sense of Place.” The thesis reflects upon the complex system of interconnected factors contributing to the current relationship between Māori and their land base.
Shipleys Audiovisual has been in business for over 90 years. We are the most comprehensive audiovisual company in the South Island of New Zealand offering a complete audiovisual service nationwide. We have branches in Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
FLAME Entertainment is a performance art company based in Queenstown for over 15 years. They specialize in creating visual spectacles thru various circus, dance, fire performance and theatrical acts to entertain, inspire and connect.
Stuart Buxton, Raul Faustino, Louise Parker and the Wakatipu Pottery Group
Wakatipu Potters Group is a not-for-profit community pottery club. We have been in existence since 1982 and are located at 50 Stanley Street Queenstown, at the corner of Stanley and Ballarat Streets, inside the Queenstown Art Society building.