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Semi-Permanent Profile: The Light Surgeons

With exactly one week to go until Semi-Permanent 2010 commences, we’re taking a look at The Light Surgeons, a collective of pioneering multimedia artists, founded in 1995 by creative director Christopher Thomas Allen. The collective functions as a media arts production company that seeks to create new cross-disciplinary audiovisual work that breaks new ground through its installation, live performance and digital film productions. Christopher will be presenting at Semi-Permanent on Friday August 20.

Category: Multi Media Arts
Location: London, UK

Over the past 12 years The Light Surgeons creative output has spanned a diverse range of different mediums; from print, photography, motion graphics, digital film production and exhibitions, to installations and ground breaking live audiovisual performance projects. The Light Surgeons are renowned for producing countless innovative visuals for club events and concerts as well as helping pioneer and develop the current VJ scene in the mid-nineties.

Regular contributors to the annual onedotzero film festival, The Light Surgeons have made an explosive four screen projected piece for the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall in London and completed a new audiovisual performance, True Fictions: New Adventures in Folklore, which was commissioned by The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, EMPAC, a new organisation based in upstate New York.

After starting their own club night with Rob Da Bank - the now legendary Sunday Best, TLS began working in residence at the Blue Note club in Hoxton square, providing moving cine-scapes for seminal independent record labels like Ninja Tune, Mo’Wax, Metal Headz and Wall of Sound.

TLS slowly refined its creative output and developed its technology through live concert performances with bands such as The Herbalizer, Cornershop, Sneaker Pimps and Propellerheads; taking their shows on tour internationally.

Christopher Thomas Allen is the founder and director of The Light Surgeons. His work crosses a diverse range of media from graphic design, photography, film and video installations through to exhibition curation. Allen works on all aspects of The Light Surgeons projects as a producer, director and collaborating artist in his own right.

Semi-Permanent, held in Auckland on August 21 & 22, is a celebration of all things design - graphics, fashion, animation, illustration, motion graphics, typography, sound design, live audio-visual art, interactive and experiential marketing, fine art, music, product design and more.

More on Semi Permanent here.