Body Sensing: Assessing the Role of Light in Perception
Speaker : Derek Porter
Thursday, April 13th, 7:00-9:45pm
Design Department Room DESN 112 – California State Long Beach
The human body perceives the world within which it occupies in a layered, multi-sensorial
manner. As we move through our daily lives our bodies seek stimulus through various sensorial
channels that clarify our presence in space, allow us to navigate terrain and perform tasks.
Within these complex perceptual dynamics, light plays a seminal role as it renders surface area,
color and texture, establishes distance proximity, focuses our gaze through luminance composition
and provides basic task illumination for the work that we conduct.
Through his work in art, design, landscape and architecture Derek Porter examines the applied
relationships between light, space and human perception from both poetic and scientifi c perspectives.
Works presented in this lecture range in scale from hand-held objects to urban installations.
Reference to texts in psychology, science, design theory and art attempts to further
ground his research interests in a simple, easy to follow manner.
Derek Porter is a multi-disciplinary designer working in architectural lighting and product design
where he focuses on the use of light within various scales of the built environment. His
work considers subtle aspects of human perception and the presence of light within spatial
contexts. As an extension of his lighting design practice, Derek studies light and space through
work in photography and sculpture. He is involved with public art commissions as well as actively
exhibits his work nationally and internationally.