A panorama of visual clippings supported by digitised music — welcome to the world of The Light Surgeons. The city was treated to a unique fusion of audio-visual arts by the UK-based collective on Thursday.
The British Council, together with BLOT, is taking them on an India-wide tour to showcase their projects — Super Everything and LDN-Redux. Talking about how the group came about, Christopher Allen, the founder says, “It started out as a loose collective of designers and visual artists who enjoyed experimenting with analog projections, and became established as a company in London.”
Who are they?
The collective began in 1995, and since then, they have done audio-visuals for artists such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Fat Boy Slim, Chase and Status and others. “We have also produced a wide range of commercial projects, from motion graphics for broadcast to immersive installations,” says Allen.
Combining two mediums of art is difficult. So how do they strike a balance? Christopher says, “It’s always a balance between making something that’s open to improvisation. We aim for something between film and music — a live cinema. We try to develop our audio-visual projects such that one medium blends into the other.” Super Everything was created in collaboration with a group of Malaysian artists. The project explores the themes of identity, ritual and place through a journey across the Malaysian landscape. “It’s the first time we’ve showcased outside Kuala Lumpur so we’re excited and slightly nervous,” he says.
Looking at India
The collective is treating this visit as research for creating new work. “We’ve never visited India before, so we’re really excited about this trip. We’ve been trying to make a feature film that explores the concept of ‘luck’ through different cultural rituals and beliefs. I think India is one of the richest places to explore these types of themes,” he says.
BLOT is an acronym for the Basic Love of Things. This multidisciplinary project focusses on creating creating atypical club experiences. The audiovisual collective B.L.O.T. curated the experimental stage at Sunburn Festival in Goa (2010) and is also participating in the Unbox festival.