There are a very small group of people who live in our society who see things in the way that we all see things in our heads, but have the ability to take those brilliant, beautiful twilight thoughts and make them real for all to experience. These people have the ability inside them to transform a location with art and light completely, or tell a story so vivid and so real that the lines between the production they design and the experience the audience has are blurred beyond reality. My friend Ann Davis is one of those artists, Peter Morse and Jeff Waful are too; TJ Gerckens is one of those artists, as is Martin Kuhn from Moodbox in Switzerland.
This post is about one of those kinds of artists – the kind of person who sees a different color at night than most. This post is about Tupac Martir of Satore Studio – so, JimOnLight readers, meet Tupac Martir — in this instance talking about one of his works, Nierka:
Now meet Tupac and his Satore Studio:
Show reel from Satore Studio on Vimeo.
It’s a rare occurrence when you meet someone whose ideas are so revolutionary, so different from mainstream thinking that they produce mainstream thinking. It’s something that we all strive for, but you either have that talent or you do not have that talent. No matter how much you pay on Yale, sometimes you just don’t have it. Tupac has this talent; it always frankly just blows my mind when we talk about the projects he’s doing and the work that his firm is plotting. An example of this would be one of his recent works, Nierka. Or, if you happened to be at Coachella Music Festival this season back in April 2011, you would have seen Tupac’s work as well (in collaboration with another outstanding design firm, United Visual Artists):
Tupac does all kinds of design work with his firm all over the world. His touch extends to artists like Beyonce, Elton John, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi — and to the fashion world, bringing his intimate knowledge of lighting to create overwhelmingly beautiful runway events during Fashion Week for designers from Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen and everything in between. Designers like Tupac Martir (in a small pool of creative visionaries of our day like Neil Austin, Ann Davis, definitely Kevin Adams) are what I see as the next round of Appia and Craig in our society — in other words, these are the kinds of people to bring about the next big change to the way we think about certain things in our lives. And, if not everyone will see and experience these changes, at least those of us who see their works, experience their art, and perhaps get lucky enough to collaborate on a project can have that realization that comes with seeing the work of a committed visionary. You have to get it how and while you can get it, right? I mean, “eh?”
I met Tupac because Nierka is using the BlackTrax technology from CAST. We met at the ProLight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, and became fast friends. It’s the whole “brother from another mother” thing that happens in the Universe, you know how it goes. The man has creativity falling out of his beard; it’s hard to tie it down to one or two brilliant things. I recently gave a seminar at PLASA 2012 with Tupac on using the wysiwyg suite to solve production problems, and I’ll share some of that seminar soon — but it was a pleasure to share the stage with an artist who is as proficient technically as they are artistically. That’s right — Satore Studio is known for having f%$#ing amazing production paperwork. I’M IN LOVE! Stage Managers across the world unite — an artist CAN have excellent paperwork AND create great designs!
You have to see the video of Nierka below — it shows what Tupac is doing with tracking, and it’s pretty cool:
More Tupac and Satore Studio eye porn:
If you’re trying to find out who’s hottest and who’s doing the most innovative work, make sure that Tupac Martir and Satore Studio is on the top of your list. I’ll be posting more about Tupac Martir and Satore Studio’s work as the days grow on. Have an awesome Monday, everyone!
Update, Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 0746:
New photos from Satore Studio’s lighting of London Fashion Week — Williamson, Westwood, and House of Holland! Beautiful! See below.