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With a little help from our friends

We had such a positive response to our last blog on collaboration and meeting new people we want to tell you about some more collaborative projects we’ve been involved in and have planned for the future.

We love working with and meeting new people with cool ideas. We really want to steer our work towards mutually fulfilling events and hopefully this blog will inspire you to open your doors and talk to, and about, the people you want to work with. The following are in no particular order!

In September we will be working with the other founders of the Social Light Movement on the world’s first Social Light Movement workshop. We, along with the combined talents of Olsson & Linder, Radiance 35 and Elettra Bordano, will be developing a workshop in Leige which will look at how to develop lighting with active community engagement. It will also form part of the LUCI AGM. More information, as it develops, will be posted on the all-new (coming soon) Social Light Movement website.

If it all goes to plan, then September is going to be a busy month. As well as promoting light we are also involved in bridging the gap between light and darkness - or rather between the two communities.

Noche Zero is an event designed to create a better understanding of the need for darkness in the lighting community, from the point of view of astronomers, and a better understanding of the lighting community with the dark skies ambassadors. Although there are lots of common aims and a joint vision to do better there doesn’t seem to be a lot of communication. We want to help change this and also get some leading lighting designers to spread their knowledge on how they are actively working with darkness in the public realm.

Noche Zero is a collaboration with Paulina Villalobos and her creative team in Chile, check out their website here for more information on Chile’s coolest lighting design practise. The event will take place on the first night sky to be listed by UNESCO as a protected resource - the Atacama Desert. Stay tuned for more info in the next few weeks.

The third collaboration we want to mention is a lovely invitation from our good friend Ong Swee Hong in Singapore. We will work with her on her idea for a book about lighting peoples’ cities - something that will bring together many of the principles of the Social Light Movement and also the need for darkness with many other aspects of light and design.

If you are interested in collaboration, you could do a lot worse than take a look at our blog post on our Xicato secret dining experience with designer Flynn Talbot. Flynn has opened his blog - Nothing Into Something - to different bloggers from around the world. It should turn into a cool portal for lighting thoughts and observations from around the globe and if you want to contribute from an exotic location then drop him a line.

Over the next six months or so we have several other potential cool collaborations in the pipeline but importantly two big ideas for industry-wide collaborations that we hope we can pull off. Watch this space as we may well be calling for your help soon!

Light Collective rule #6: encourage collectivism

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