Sacred Light

This Lecture by Colin Ball looks at our unconscious response to light.
Date: 14 February 2013

This lecture looks at our unconscious response to light, of which all of us as lighting designers and architects are more than aware. Every year there are papers published on psychological responses to light that are fundamentally studies of the mechanical responses of the brain: the pineal gland regulating the body clock – circadian rhythms etc. This lecture looks at the psychological response to light from the point of view of depth psychology, the responses of the unconscious, responses to light that trigger something of meaning, something buried with each of us yet is discernible as a cultural archetype.

Colin Ball comes from a background education in architecture. He has worked as a lighting designer for 17 years with 10 years experience at Speirs + Major, and 6 years at Isometrix Lighting + Design prior to joining BDP in 2011.

Colin Ball has developed a series of lectures that look at how Light in Faith is represented from historical, religious and psychological perspectives in architecture and contemporary art, which he has delivered across the UK, Europe, North and South America. An organiser of a London Light & Film Festival Colin also delivers talks on parallels of lighting between films, theatre and architecture. He has authored a number of articles for national and international professional lighting magazines regarding elements of these lectures.

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