Event: living in a lit world

At its best, light helps us feel safe, empowered, convivial or enchanted; at its worst it can engender a sense of uneasiness or discomfort. How can we best understand how light configures into our experiential worlds? Join us for an international panel discussion about light and how we experience it at MPavilion - Monday 16 December

Light is a crucial part of how we experience our surroundings, and lighting design brings this element into our homes, cities and shared spaces in particular ways. What do lighting designers, metropolitan authorities and city dwellers need to know about light and lighting to support the best outcomes for our shared urban futures?

Three experts consider how light contributes to culture and shapes experience, discussing how we can make sense of this immaterial but central aspect of our everyday lives.


Sarah Pink is the founding Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University and an expert on the social, cultural and experiential aspects of technology.

Mikkel Bille is a Danish anthropologist expert in cultures of light around the world

Tim Edensor is author of the first comprehensive geography of light, From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination and Gloom.

Moderating the panelists discussion and conversation with the audience is Shanti Sumartojo, of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. Shanti is an interdisciplinary researcher and co-author of Atmospheres and the Experiential World.

This event is part of the MPavilion program, Australia’s leading architecture commission, and a cultural laboratory for the community to engage and share. MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and is supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, and ANZ.

The event is free, register here

Monday 16 December 2019, 1–2pm

MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004