LIGHTEATER, a metaphysical exploration of light featuring neon bender Thomas Wendler and the thoughts of light artist James Turrell. This is a personal project born out of my mild obsession for neon - the 5th most abundant gas in the universe. An element created in stars. An inert gas that when electrified reveals itself in the form of seemingly physical light.
All neon lamps are handmade. It's a special craft that involves heating and blowing glass into shape - the instrument, or vessel, is then filled with the appropriate noble gas (neon, xenon, argon, etc.). The trapped gas is then electrified -- With this film I wanted to get as close as possible to the process and show it in an abstracted way, building a bridge to James Turrell’s expressions on light- from the physics of it to the mystics of it.
Archive footage courtesy of NASA & Prelinger Archives.
Thanks to Thomas Wendler, Vara Kane, Sigi Gugger, Ute Michaelsen, Norma Archer, Chad Weuve.
This film is not for profit. I do not own the rights to the voice of James Turrell. The voice is an excerpt from the 2013 interview on the Charlie Rose show. Those interested, you can view the show here: charlierose.com/videos/17416
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You've probably heard it said "Vacuum don't suck" and continued on your day without a second thought. I often come back to statements like this with questions like this, the video I'm sharing with you today "Does Vaccuum suck?"
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For those of you who couldn't make the lecture! Fear not, for I have recorded the entire talk, including the Q&A at the end. This lecture is not a replacement for watching the series and discussion with the plasma community, but if you want to hear my story and a quick overview on creating a vessel for plasma and testing the waters by working with collaborators then have at it. You might find yourself wanting to watch the Series!
You know I feel really good about this talk. I don't do them very often, and it's good to finally be able to get questions beyond the "How do you do plasma?". I believe the Intro to plasma series with GEEX has definitely helped me organize and share some fundamental thoughts on plasma, in which 4 years ago would have been impossible for me to imagine explaining or even talk about.
Thank you for watching,
Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Chapter 1: Plasma Primer with Percy
Chapter 2: Taking Shape
Chapter 3: It's Lit! Chemistry of Collaboration
Remodeling and Upgrade for the Plasma Lab are funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowment in the reception of the 2019 Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, and residency hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
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Plumbing the Gas Transfer System and installing acrylics and brackets.
Happy Holidays - Jeff kaale
Embers - Kubbi
Documenting my updates on the Plasma Lab aka PGC Light Lab at the Pittsburgh Glass Center
Remodeling and Upgrade for the Plasma Lab are funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments in the reception of the 2019 Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, and residency hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.