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I am a London-based artist and design consultant who creates multi-sensory spatial experiences. I specialise in developing ‘scenographies’ through the choreographing of light, materials and people and I’m particularly interested in how immaterial elements, such as light, can be used to alter perceptions of space or to build temporal narratives. With a background in architecture, my work is nearly always site-specific and takes form across a range of disciplines, from public realm art projects and multi-sensory installations to architectural lighting design, theatre, film and the production of images.

 

For latest experiments see @jackwates. For more information on my work or if you'd like to discuss a potential project, please get in touch at studio@jackwates.com or on +44(0)7707697812.

 

Project Info, Credits & Links

 

 

 

Space Octave: A Polyphonic Playground (Multi-sensory Installation with Alex Mead, Sami Sabik)

 ⋅ Maps Festival, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, February 2020

 

Colour Curve (Light Installation with Alex Mead)

 ⋅ Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth, September 2019

 ⋅ Featured in Bournemouth Echo

 

Wellington Street Weave (Public Realm Art Project)

 ⋅ Wellington Street Underpass, Luton, September 2019

 ⋅ Featured in Arc magazine, LuxReview, Lighting Insight, Lightecture, Iluminet

 

RIBA Clore Learning Centre - Lighting Design (with Satu Streatfield)

 ⋅ The RIBA, London, 2019

 ⋅ Featured on Archdaily, Inhabitat

 

The Candidate (Site-specific Theatre Project - Production/Scenography)

 ⋅ The Langham Club, April, July 2019

 

Kallos Gallery Lighting Design (with Satu Streatfield)

 ⋅ Masterpiece London, June 2019

 ⋅ TEFAF, Maastricht, March 2019

 ⋅ Masterpiece London, June/July 2018

 ⋅ TEFAF, Maastricht, March 2018

 ⋅ Frieze Masters, London, October 2017

 

Liberez: M'aidez (Video Project)

 ⋅ Featured on SonofMarketing, January 2019

 

Singing Mirror (Interactive Installation with Alex Mead and Thomas Blackburn)

 ⋅ Light Night Liverpool, The British Music Experience, Liverpool, May 2018

 

A Measure of Disruption (Interactive Installation with Alex Mead)

 ⋅ The Factory, London,  May/June 2018

 

Earth from Sky (Photography)

 ⋅ Free Association Magazine - Issue 5: Flight, Spring 2018

 

A Matter of Exchange (Light Installation)

 ⋅ Lewes Light Festival, The Market Tower, Lewes, October 2017

 ⋅ Featured in Arc magazine

 

CRTV (Permanent installation with Atlas Vision)

 ⋅ New River Studios, June 2017

 

Find Yourself (Video Installation with Alex Mead)

 ⋅ The Barbican, March – May 2017

 

Extended Window (Light Art)

 ⋅ Perspectives 2012-2017, The Onca Gallery, Brighton, March 2017

 

Into The Trap Scenography (Light Installation with Alex Mead)

 ⋅ Into The Trap, New River Studios, London, November 2016

 

Concertina Moves (Installation)

 ⋅ Market Stall Theatre, London, September 2016

 

Watch Sound Hear Light Play (Installation with Thomas Blackburn)

 ⋅ Brighton Digital Festival, The Onca Gallery, Brighton, September 2016

 ⋅ Featured on Illumni and CODAworx Magazine

 

Projects at Speirs + Major (Assistant Designer 2013-16 )

 ⋅ Green Heart, University of Birmingham, Birmingham (Public Realm Lighting Design)

 ⋅ Elephant Park, London (Lighting Masterplan, Public Realm Lighting Design, Pocket Park Lighting)

 ⋅ Malaysia Square, London (Public Realm Lighting Design)

 ⋅ Battersea Power Station, London (Lighting Masterplan, Phase 2 & 3 Public Realm Lighting)

 ⋅ Manhattan West, New York (Public Realm Lighting Strategy)

 ⋅ Derby after Dark, Derby (Lighting Strategy, Masterplan, Consultation, Pilot Projects)

 ⋅ The West End Project, London (Public Realm Lighting Strategy)

 ⋅ Covent Garden Area Lighting Scheme, London (Public Realm Lighting Design)

 ⋅ Barangaroo, Sydney (Public Realm Lighting Strategy, Masterplan)

 ⋅ OLF Balham, London (Public Realm Lighting Design)

 

Outside Inside Out (Set design & lighting for a dance theatre production)

 ⋅ ExFed Theatre, London, February 2016

 

Enter Void (Installation with dancers Eve Stainton and Michael Kitchin)

 ⋅ Overrated, The Book Club, London, July 2015

 

Vita Scenography (Scenography for a film – directed by Vaskar Kayastha)

 ⋅ London, June 2015

 

Double Vision (Installation with dancers Eve Stainton and Micheal Kitchin)

 ⋅ InHouse Festival, Manor House, London, May 2015

 

Bathhouse Re-visited (with Arthur Maxwell)

 ⋅ Published in SOILED Architecture magazine, Issue 5: Cloudscrapers, December 2014

 ⋅ Featured on Archinect.com, April 2015

 

Lighthouse (Installation with Rocio Ayllon)

 ⋅ Installation: Anchor House, Canning Town Light Night, Canning Town, November 2014

 

Exhibition Scenography for the Doinel Gallery’s ‘Regenerating Capital’ exhibition, London Festival of Architecture

 ⋅ Installation: The Roca Gallery, June – August 2014

 

Falling House (Film Installation with Rocio Ayllon and Riccardo Vincentini)

 ⋅ Exhibited in Cities Methodologies: Buildings on Fire: Towards a New Approach to Urban Memory, Slade Research Centre, April/May 2014

 ⋅ Screened: Trapeze Basement Club, Shoreditch, August 2015

 ⋅ Published in Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies, I.B.Tauris, December 2016

 ⋅ Featured in Architecture and Fire: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Conservation

 

Light Echoes (Installation with Satu Streatfield, Kerem Asfuroglu and Benz Roos (Speirs + Major))

  Installation: Canning Town Light Night, Canning Town, November 2013

 

Rainlight (Short Film)

 ⋅ Shortlisted for AJ Lightshots Competition – screened at The Apartment, Hoxton, July 2013

 

Projects at Mediomundo Arquitectos (Architectural Assistant)

 ⋅A garden design for the Health Sciences Faculty (Granada), 2013

 

Disorientation (Photography)

 ⋅ Published in Matzine 12: The Staircase, December 2012

 

The Hackney Bathhouse (Architecture – paper project)

 ⋅ Published in Blueprint Magazine: August 2012, bdonline.co.uk, and coolhunting.com

 ⋅ Shortlisted for RCA Sustain Award – exhibited in Sustain Show, Royal College of Art, 20 September – 3 October 2012

 ⋅ London Festival of Architecture: Between The A12 and The River Lea: An Exposition of Academic Speculations Beyond 2012, Sugarhouse Studios, June/July 2012

 ⋅ SHOW 2012, Royal College of Art, June/July 2012

 

Rain: Material Unpredictability (Dissertation)

 ⋅ Royal College of Art Library, 2011

 

Verdi’s Traviata (Installation with Marcel Croxson)

 ⋅ Installation: La Traviata de Verdi, Une Nuit Sans Opera, Aix-en-Provence, July 2011

 

Released in Stages (Architecture – paper project)

 ⋅ Interim Show, Royal College of Art, February 2011

 

The Urban Agriculture Curtain (Installation – assisting Bohn & Viljoen Architects)

 ⋅ Installation: London Yields: Urban Agriculture, The Building Centre, April/May 2009

 ⋅ Published in Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities

 

Projects at Penoyre & Prasad Architects (Part I Architectural Assistant 2008-09)

 ⋅ Belfairs High School

 ⋅ Ruskin College

 

The Pleasure Palace (Architecture – paper project)

 ⋅ RIBA President’s Medals Exhibition, The RIBA, January 2009

 ⋅ The Burt Brill and Cardens Graduate Show, Grande Parade, Brighton, May/June 2008