Talk/Workshop, Festival

Critical Conversations 2: Light Takes Form - Light as a Material for Art

Organised by: NUS Centre For the Arts
  • Date:
    9 Mar 2022
  • Time:
  • Venue:
    NUS University Cultural Centre Atrium
    NUS University Cultural Centre AtriumNUS University Cultural Centre Atrium
  • Admission:
    Free admission (with pre-registration)


Light artist James Turell once remarked, "Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation".

This panel explores how light is manifested, transformed, and treated as medium, resource, and the product of art. How can light be a form of artistic visualisation in a world illuminated by projections, virtual realities, augmented realities, and the metaverse? How can we extend our capacity to harness light to "see" better? With the manipulation of light sources, can we always trust what we see in artworks? Traversing issues in art conservation to digital practices, the materiality of light vis-à-vis vision is interrogated to reveal both productivity and playfulness.

Speakers: Dr Khoo Eng Tat and Lawrence Chin

Dr Khoo Eng Tat

Dr Khoo Eng Tat is an educator and principal investigator in virtual reality (VR), augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR), HCI and game design. He is currently a senior lecturer at NUS EDIC. He was previously an adjunct assistant professor with the same department, and associate faculty of Singapore University of Social Sciences. Eng Tat was a R&D director in a leading VR/AR company, where he led interdisciplinary teams and spearheaded new product development. He later co-founded a VR company and was an engineering & investment lead in a venture capital firm.

About Lawrence Chin

Lawrence Chin works as a paintings conservator beginning his career in 1995 with the National Heritage Board and moving over to run his current conservation studio at the NUS Museum since 2008. He received his BA (Hons) in Fine Arts from Canterbury, UK and completed his MA in Conservation of Paintings from Northumbria University, UK.

Critical Conversations 2: Light Takes Form - Light as a Material for Art