BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2014: LIGHT. CAMERA. ACTION. THE LIVE LIGHTPAINTING EXPERIENCE Gives The Best Art Geek Night Out Of The Fringe.
Reviewed by Christine Pyman, Thursday 6th March 2014
Drawing in space with a light sabre? Moving around the darkened stage with a flashing bicycle wheel? Saving Christmas cracker tissue crowns to shine a LED through? Using a light up Yoda in ways not envisioned by the maker? Come and see how these all fall into Vixs' grand plan to entertain and amaze us, whilst educating at the same time in, Light. Camera. Action. The Live Lightpainting Experience.
Vicki Ferguson, Vix to those in the know, is a passionate light artist with a good technological grasp and the gift of stage control as a bonus.
Starting with a potted history of the use of long exposure photography to record movement, through Man Ray and Picasso's experiments as art, to Vix's unique take on this, the combination of tech, history, art, dance like motion, and humour, made this an unforgettable evening. Adding to the entire experience was multi-instrumentalist, Paul Danger McLean, providing live atmospheric electronic music, playing a Yamaha DJX synthesiser, and a Theremin (pause for geek squeals).
Vixs' journey took us all through basic light pictures, some with audience participation, to complex images created with the use of programmed processing chip controlled RGB LED sticks, and the only word to use is 'awesome'. Each evening, the images created are uploaded to the live.lightpaint Facebook page so that they can be shared by participants, or just enjoyed by anybody.
This is a simply great event, with a mix of nightclub, art, cool tech, geekism, cocktails, and cupcakes. What more could you want?