Laser light show held at Barking Riverside

Thu 19 December 2019, 11:37 am

An award-winning interactive laser light show was displayed in the capital for the first time in a public exhibition at Barking Riverside.

The two-day event in November - held in partnership with Lumen Art Projects - featured work by Seb Lee-Delisle who is a BAFTA and Lumen Prize-winning digital artist and presenter specialising in large-scale interactive light installations. 

Guests were able to play the custom-made synths, projecting powerful animated lasers into the sky and covering the Barking Riverside Project Office on the banks of the River Thames with dancing lights.

The exhibition was part of a inter lights season across Barking, which also included giant glow-in-the-dark puppets operated by live performers from Spanish Street Theatre company El Carromato.

Barking Riverside is a major new development on the banks of the Thames, and the lights show was just one of the ways the project is being drawn to the public’s attention.

Matthew Carpen, managing director at Barking Riverside, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Seb Lee-Delisle, Lumen Art Projects and Creative Barking and Dagenham to deliver such a unique art exhibition for residents of Barking Riverside and Thames View, as well as people all over the capital, totally free of charge.

“Supported by Barking and Dagenham’s Cultural Partnership Board, this is a fantastic cultural offering for the area, we’re proud that Seb has chosen Barking Riverside as his London debut for this show and hope this is the first of many similar events, as we look to establish Barking Riverside as a future destination for the arts. We look forward to welcoming people for an evening of interactive entertainment.”

Lee-Delisle said allowing visitors to use the instruments to project the lights “removes all barriers so everyone can express their own musicality”.

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