Interlochen and Selecon Initiate Lighting Lab

16 November 2007,

Each year more than 2,500 talented high school students from all over the world with a passion for performing and visual arts make their way to the 1,200-acre Interlochen Centre for the Arts campus in northwestern Michigan to immerse themselves in its celebrated Summer Arts Camp program of General, Visual and Motion Picture Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theatre.

interlochen_staff_with_scott__webThis year saw an exciting initiative developed by Rich Mason, Scenic Designer/Instructor for the Interlochen Arts Camp Theatre Arts Design & Technology (first on the left in the group photo) and Gina Patterson, the Lighting Designer/Instructor for IAC Theatre Arts Design & Technology aimed at adding a component to their six-week Design and Technology Summer program that would set it above others become a reality. With the help of Scott Church, US sales manager (third from left) for fixture manufacturer Selecon Performance Lighting they came up with the perfect solution, an interactive, experimental Lighting Lab.

Rich comments, “Here was an opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology from companies and professionals ingrained in our business in a hands-on environment to our students where they were able to experiment with color, programming, arc lighting, intelligent lighting, and much more”.

“As a visual artist, light and shadow was only something I observed and I used other media to represent it. Now I understand that light is its own medium, and it can be used just as beautifully as any other, and can be just as expressive.” Emalyn Feitshans, Theatre Design & Production Major. Interlochen Arts Camp, Summer 2007. nic_phillips_web

Selecon’s contribution to the Lighting Lab of resources, all conventional lighting fixtures and sponsorship of MasterClass guest speakers such as Nicholas Phillips, lighting, scenic and projection designer (pictured in the photo right taking a class); Jeremy Kumin, freelance lighting designer; K.C. Hooper, lighting designer and product specialist with Apollo Design Technology and Leonard Miller from Vari*Lite allowed students to investigate and explore the theories and practices of lighting design in an environment that few, if any summer arts camps provide.

“I saw a lot of technology I wasn’t aware of. There were LED tiles, color mixing scrollers, base down ellipsoidals and dichroic filters. All the companies brought in thousands of dollars worth of equipment. It was a lot of fun.” Hart “Ari” Shaw-faber, Theatre Design & Production Major Interlochen Arts Camp, Summer 2007.

“With the continued support of Selecon, along with Apollo Design Technology and Vari*Lite, we are looking forward to continuing our Interactive Lighting Lab at Interlochen in the summer of 2008,” said Rich Mason.