MTalks: Living in a Lit World
The Monash Emerging Technologies Research Lab presents a panel discussion about light and how we experience it.
Light is crucial part of how we experience our surroundings, and lighting design brings this element into our homes, cities and shared spaces in particular ways. At its best it can help us feel safe, empowered, convivial or enchanted; at its worst it can engender a sense of uneasiness or discomfort. But how can we best understand how light configures into our experiential worlds? And 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?
In this international panel, three experts consider on 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. She will be joined by Mikkel Bille, a Danish anthropologist expert in cultures of light around the world and Tim Edensor, author of the first comprehensive geography of light, From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination and Gloom. Shanti Sumartojo, interdisciplinary researcher and co-author of Atmospheres and the Experiential World, will moderate the panelists discussion and conversation with the audience.
This event is part of the MPavilion program.