A co-produced event by the IESNYC, IALD NY, and DLFNY brought 300 people from the lighting community together to view each other’s work outside of the day-to-day design projects for buildings. HLB New York’s Lindsey Dieter and Maria Dautant showcased their artistic talents on September 7 at Acuity. Check out their work below and what they had to say about their role in the event!

Lindsey Dieter: Embodied Architecture: PROXIMITIES

“Embodied Architecture: PROXIMITIES was a collaboration with fellow Lighting Designer Yuliya Savelyeva, following three years of intense inquiry into the relationships between the body and space during our double major programs in Lighting, Interior Design and Architecture at Parsons The New School for Design. My background in dance greatly informs my approach to design so this was an exciting opportunity to utilize both movement based practice and spatial design. PROXIMITIES was a performance and installation exploring the relationships between spatial proximity, density and affect. The performance was a choreographed exploration by 57 performers within the Aronson Gallery who created a shifting, evolving and immersive environment for visitors. Performers became walls, corridors and rooms, reframing our interactions with and perceptions of shared space. Following the opening night, footage from the performance and subsequent recording was assembled into a multi channel projection for exhibition onto the same the walls, floor and ceiling of the gallery performance. The relationship of the live performance to the screen-based installation evokes the frequent use of technology as the primary source of human connection in contemporary society. Yuliya and I are now collaborating with iGuzzini to bring PROXIMITIES to their Paris showroom and The Paris Lighting Design Conference (PLDC) this fall.

Maria Dautant: Independent Music Video

“I have been writing music for at least 10 years. I always thought of it as a time for myself to relax and unwind. I wrote the song Revolution a couple of years ago as a challenge and a friend who is a professional musician convinced me to produce it. So, we did. I loved the outcome so much that I thought the next logical step was to create a video so I could share the song online. It took me about 2 years to come up with a concept that I truly liked and that is when I spoke to Lindsey to choreograph it and perform in it. This video is very poetic with strong visuals that I think are intriguing at times. The story follows our hero (Lindsey) through a journey of self-discovery where she understands how small acts can become the beginning of a Revolution. It was a great experience and I had such fun working with her.”

Video Credits:
Music and Lyrics by Maria Dautant
Story, video production, and direction by Maria Dautant
Choreography and performance by Lindsey Dieter
Cinematography, main camera, and editing by Frank Dautant
Second Camera by Javier Caso
Production Assistant: Eric Yowaiski

The video can be found online:

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