Doctoraat in de Kunsten: Caroline Mathieu

Luminal Lab

LUMINAL LAB

Effects of coloured light on our perception

The LUMINAL LAB explores the perception of coloured light. The phenomenology of colour remains an unconscious process, both for the designer during a creative process as for the spectators who perceive it during a performance. I am interested in how the audience perceives these atmospheres, as this topic remains fairly unexplored within both academic and artistic research. This research topic is investigated through an interactive environment in which the audience is immersed in different light atmospheres. It looks into how you create spaces that embrace you and care for you and what the influences of light on diverse sensorial perceptions are. For instance: do you perceive the same music differently surrounded by a certain light atmosphere? And what triggers this difference?

About Caroline

Caroline is active as a designer for theatre creations. Her role takes various forms: scenographer, light designer, performer and researcher. After a Master study in Product Design and a Master after Master in Theatre Studies, design and theatre came together in a Scenography course at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

After her training, she started as an assistant lighting design for the performance "It' going to get worse and worse, my friend" by Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez. Afterwards she worked as a light designer for Mercedes Dassy, Vera Tussing, Igor Shyshko & Tale Dolven and Alexander Vantournhout, among others.

She recently started a research project on the influence of light on perception in the context of a PhD in the arts via Brussels Arts Platform (VUB/RITCS).