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#11 THE LIGHT ARTIST KIT WEBSTER

KIT WEBSTER

Kit Webster’s adventures in light started when he was a child, tucked up in bed in the Melbourne suburbs. ‘In the dark, I would watch car headlamps make this slow, subtle arcing movement across my bedroom wall. To me it was pure magic.’ So says this Australian artist who’s a mastermind of light art and audiovisual installation. ‘I am all about combining technology with art and design, both inside and outside the computer,’ he explains. ‘Trying to merge physical and digital worlds and dimensions. Fabricating models and sculptures, then illuminating and texturising them with animation and light-mapping installations to create immersive environments.’

After studying sound art at Melbourne’s RMIT college, he defected to light, putting on his own shows and uploading videos of his work onto the internet. These days, Webster’s CV bristles with upscale clients, including Calvin Harris and New York Fashion Week, and he has performed at festivals all over the world.

Webster wants to continue pushing the visual envelope, presenting highly experimental concepts that look to define a new audiovisual aesthetic, merging mapped video projection, geometric forms and synchronised sound. ‘I want to know how far you can take things while still conforming to the boundaries.’

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Cybele Malinowski

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#11 PORTFOLIO GALLERY

LIGHT FANTASTIC

‘I try to merge physical and digital worlds.’

KIT WEBSTER

TUDOR STYLE

Webster’s tools, clockwise from top, spring clamp, displayport cable, beam clamp and multimetre lead.

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#11 INSPIRATION GALLERY

07:00

MORNING RITUAL

‘I drink slow-pressed juice, then check out the web for the latest art, design and technology news from around the world. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, we wake up to a host of new stuff. I then ride to my studio, picking up a coffee on the way.’

10:00

VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION

‘I spend about 40 per cent of my day on the laptop, either communicating with clients, associates and specialist suppliers, or programming software. But it’s good to leave the laptop alone for a while, get out there and actually construct something physical.’

13:00

WORK LUNCH

‘Sometimes I head out to the city to have lunch with a potential collaborator and discuss a project. Afterwards I might pick up a laser-cut design from the factory, go for a walk to work out the finishing elements of a concept or visit an installation site to determine the position of projectors

16:00

VARIED AGENDA

‘It’s quite difficult for me to describe what I do every day because it’s rarely the same, but I’ve done a lot of work with collaboration promoters Melbourne Media Lab, so sometimes I’ll stop off there and put together the finishing touches to a new kinetic LED sculpture concept or curate the line-up for one of its fundraisers.’

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#11 TUDOR PRECISION

TUDOR CRAFT

‘There’s a lot of precision involved in my work and there’s a definite feeling of precision in the Tudor Pelagos, too,’ says Kit Webster. ‘The aesthetic is minimalist, symmetrical, geometric and detailed; simple, clean forms interacting. I like the way the extrusion they developed behind the glass gives the face a depth and sense of dimension and provides a window on to the internal components.’

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#12 THE SHOE MAKER MASARU OKUYAMA

#01 THE TAILOR PATRICK GRANT

#02 THE ENGINEER CHARLES MORGAN

#03 THE DESIGNER NITZAN COHEN

#04 THE CHEF CHRISTOPHE DUFAU

#05 THE GLASS ARTIST J. M. WINTREBERT

#06 THE PERFUMER BEN GORHAM

#07 THE JEWELLER JORDAN ASKILL

#08 THE ARTIST MIKE PERRY

#09 THE MIXOLOGIST MATT WHILEY

#10 THE FLORAL ARTIST AZUMA MAKOTO