Speculation by Leslie Ting Directed by Alex Bulmer and Tristan R. Whiston Presented by Ottawa Chamber Festival, June 2018
As a projection designer, my work requires a process of refinement, focusing on the subtlest of details to present a cohesive final image. On this project, we worked in the opposite direction. My design was a simulation, using light and projection to interpret the experience of vision loss. It was opportunity to develop an entirely new process to projection design: a process that is not focused on the final image, but is instead creating atmosphere, shape, space, and distortion. It is not very often that I have the opportunity to rethink the medium with which I work. And it is rare that the medium of projection, a medium based in delicate optics and minute sensitivity, is so harmonious with the subject and story at the heart of a performance. This project was an extremely enriching experience in my design practice and I look forward to further exploration of these ideas as we continue to present this work.
The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Directed by Michael Cavanagh Opera Nuova, June 2018
This production of The Magic Flute was set in the Arctic. My design captured the beauty of harsh Northern landscapes, as well as the magic and mysticism of long, dark winters that give way to light and glorious spring.
Nomadic Tempest Written and Directed by Paul Kirby Co-Projection Designer: Jordan Lloyd Watkins Caravan Stage Company, Salish Sea Tour 2018
Nomadic Tempest is an experimental circus/rock opera performed aboard the Amara Zee, a 90’ tall ship.
My projection design for Nomadic Tempest presented the majesty and spirituality of the Salish Sea, the magic of monarch butterflies, and the iridescent devastation of oil and pollution.
Associate Lighting Designer and Head of Video
Smile Masking Choreographed by Peter Chu chuthis. May 2018
To The Light
Projection Designer 2018 Betty Mitchell Award Nominee, Outstanding Projection Design
To The Light by Evelyne de la Chenelière Translated by John Murrell Directed by Vanessa Porteous Alberta Theatre Projects, October 2017
“Evolution should be seen as the expression of an enduring life force.” -Henri Burgson
Inspired by the work of Henri Burgson, the projections in To The Light evoked a sense of geological time: a view removed from the individual in which nature persists beyond the time scale of human existence. The projections appeared in interludes of the play, accompanied by pianist Bryce Kulak performing excerpts of Debussy. These interludes served as a zoom out from the story to provide space for contemplation before diving back in, confronted with a new embodiment of time: Present Indicative, Future Perfect, and Conditional Voice.
Crime Does Not Pay
Projection Design 2017 Betty Mitchell Award Winner, Outstanding Projection Design
Crime Does Not Pay by David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor Directed by Simon Mallett Illustrations by Tyler Jenkins Downstage Theatre, March 2017
Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown Directed by Kim Mattice Wanat Opera Nuova, June 2016
Projection Designer 2016 Betty Mitchell Award Nominee, Outstanding Projection Design
Cockroach by Jonathan Garfinkle Directed by Vanessa Porteous Co-Projection Designer: Joel Adria Alberta Theatre Projects, March 2016
Projection Designer (Student Production)
Prey by Britney Tangedal Directed by Ann Hodges The National Theatre School of Canada New Words Festival 2014
Nova: Digital Parachute
Nova: Digital Parachute Interactive Digital Installation Created by Amelia Scott and Joel Adria Presented at Nuit Blanche Edmonton: Petit Nuit 2016 and Beakerhead 2017
Remember those parachutes you played with in elementary school gym class? Nova, the digital parachute captures the essence of this quintessential childhood experience, but with some 21st century electronic fun! Children, the young at heart, and those looking to re-discover their inner child are invited to come together and celebrate the night under our e-textile canopy of stars.
Participants are welcomed into the parachute circle and guided through a series of parachute games to unlock the magical potential of this interactive LED canvas. Accelerometers sewn into the parachutes handles generate light patterns based on each participant’s unique movements. Small ripples create mesmerizing effects, and larger synchronized waves can trigger a more spectacular Nova effect! Everyone’s movements bring this parachute to life, and working together is rewarded by unlocking dazzling light patterns when the team is in sync.
The gentle lift and fall of the 24’ parachute is made even more wonderful with an underbelly of LEDs that twinkle like stars when the parachute is lifted overhead and experienced from underneath. Nova ties into feelings of childhood joy and wonder, inviting the public to group together and play.
Flora: Digital Greenhouse
Flora: Digital Greenhouse Interactive Digital Installation Created by Amelia Scott and Joel Adria Presented at Beakerhead 2015, Nuit Blanche Edmonton 2015, and UCalgaryStrong Festival 2016
Flora is a pop-up digital greenhouse: a conservatory of alien flora. Leave reality at the door and enter a new ecosystem where nature and technology have become one. The digital greenhouse is a world contained, waiting to be discovered. Get curious and explore this interactive garden of light and sound or relax, allow your senses to wander, and let the plants discover you.
Under the name VJ Mononym, I have performed at various events in Calgary, creating visuals for some of Western Canada’s most esteemed DJs such as Overland, Essette, Jah Raven, and Kafka. I strive to create a dynamic experience that shifts and flows with the music, creating an immersive environment while keeping it dark.