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    Students borrow Jedi Knight techniques to create light art

    11/05/2012
    Creative Technology students from Middlesex University took part in an innovative experiment fusing together light sabres, martial arts and photography to produce spectacular images on campus.

    Creative Technology students from Middlesex University took part in an innovative experiment fusing together light sabres, martial arts and photography to produce spectacular images on campus.

    Working with new media designer and lighting pioneer Moritz Waldemeyer, the students produced the photographs using cutting edge techniques.  

    The students were tasked with designing light patterns which they then programmed into specialist light sabres.  They then staged the photos using some of the UK’s top martial artists to conduct stunts with the light sabres.  Directed by renowned choreographer Adam Rae and James Harris, world renowned photographer, the martial artists performed in front of multiple cameras which captured photographs from different angles to produce the stunning images. 

    Middlesex University student Shavonne Mott (32) from Colindale, who worked on the project said: “Combining martial arts, light and technology don’t naturally go together, but it worked so well and we were really pleased with the results.  It’s amazing to get the opportunity to work with and learn from someone like Moritz.  Despite having worked with high profile people, he’s down to earth, receptive to our input and is an inspiration to work with due to his experimental approach to design. ” 

    Atrium light design mainMoritz Waldemeyer, who has worked with the likes of Take That, Will.I.Am and Kylie Minogue, shared his expertise with the students after using similar techniques for the Ellie Goulding video on which he also worked with a team of Middlesex students.  

    Middlesex Senior Lecturer Debbie Jedwab who organised the project said: “The students really benefit from learning from an experimental designer like Moritz who pushes the boundaries of design and technologies.  This is reflected in the photos particularly some of the students’ light sabre designs which uniquely mixed colours to incredible effect.”         

    Student Amraz Hussain (22) from Haringey, who worked on the experiment said: “The project was an artistic approach to technology which made me think differently about how the two elements can be effectively combined.  The creative technologies course has exposed me to new fields and jobs that I hadn’t previously been aware of.  It’s a great introduction to an exciting and growing new area.”    

    In another unique project Moritz recently partnered with Middlesex graduate Iliyan Kukushliev to create an innovative video bikini for an Israeli model.  The bikini that featured moving images was designed for a Las Vegas show.  Moritz continues to work with the University across many of his projects. 

    Photos:

    Top photo - Creative Technology (CT) students and staff with their Middlesex light design

    Bottom photo - CT student's unique light design  

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