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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2013 (PC020404.12) ➔ Content-Laden Light: Can It Foster Human Relationships?


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Claude Mark Wilson (designer)
Brooke Carter (thesis advisor)




“Content-laden Light” (CLL) is a term I devised to name the light that carries text & imagery to our eyes. It is the light of movies and projectors, but it is also the light of digital media devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and flatscreen TVs. Content-laden Light has inherent characteristics that predispose it to dominate both lighting & interior design schemes. This domination is problematic, especially in hospitality settings. It is problematic because it fragments attention and stymies conversation, the essential building block of human relationship, thereby subverting the very purpose of the hospitality environment. This project proposes ways to manage Content-laden Light, assess its contextual impact and design with it . Through the creation of a Manhattan hospitality venue for the Museum of the Moving Image, the thesis question (of whether CLL can be transformed to foster human relationship) is answered affirmatively, but with caveats.



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