Technology in the service of Art
In the early 60s Fogg worked the lights on children’s theatre productions for The Pocket Playhouse, Tempe. Then to 1966 Fogg worked in theatre, attending some university lectures, and continued playing with light in a shared student house in Darlinghurst. Note that in those days theatre lighting people mainly fixed the fridges in the dressing rooms. However Fogg decided that it might be possible to survive as an independent light artist provided he could retain his integrity in the arts establishment and the commercial world and not compromise with either. In a Fogg production the Lighting People are in charge.
This allowed Fogg and his fellow light artists the luxury of paid research time as well as the time for pro bono work for other artists and to experiment with the new 60s liberated freedoms producing interesting and spiritually uplifting, positive events. Psychedelic events in the original sense of the word – mind enriching, expanding ones knowledge and awareness. This income stream allows Fogg and his associates to remain independent and to stay innovative in technology as well as in art.
The term “Lumino Kinetic Art” was first used in 1966. by Frank Popper, then Professor of Aesthetics, Paris University and the author of the defining publications about Kinetic Art.
A “Lightshow” is the use of lighting, fx, video, film, action & staging usually but not always in an improvised manner.
The word “Psychedelic” was first used in a letter from Humphrey Osmond to Aldous Huxley in 1956. As commonly used the word has two meanings:
1) Mind manifesting, expanding ones knowledge and awareness.
2) Bold abstract images using vivid contrasting colours.
In “Traditional Theatre/Film” the creative controlling force is called the “Director” however this role is often called “Producer” for many other theatre forms.