PEOPLEText: Yasuharu Motomiya

The 5th Innovation Sessions was recently held at the Ballroom in Daikanyama, Tokyo on January 17th. This is a multimedia event aiming to provide young creators in Tokyo with the opportunity to communicate with other creators in an attempt to create a new network or find new ideas. This event had previously invited various guests such as James Lavelle, Futura, Namaiki, Eric Haze.

This time, The Light Surgeons (T.L.S) were invited as a guest and had a talk show on their visual and audio performance with a theme of “the evolving moving image brought to you by technological development”. T.L.S is a creative collective from the UK. Their recent activities are the release of a DVD from Gas, a collaboration with Mo’wax and Ninja tune, and a short film called “Chimera Project” that looks at artists in Tyneside (northeast in UK) was broadcasted on the BBC.

The first half of the event was the talk show hosted by directors Chris Allen and Rob Rainbow. For fifty minutes, they talked about the creative process and episodes of their works by actually showing motion graphics. They also spoke about the inspiration and innovation which are also themes for this event. Here are some extracts from their speech.

History of T.L.S

“This group was formed in 1995 by gathering artists from several fields. Then, we were strongly influenced by club culture, especially hip hop. So we came up with taking the method of hip hop, that is, sampling and cutting up.”

About performance at clubs

“At clubs, we do some experimental things. At the same time it’s a place and time to meet people and make a network. This is how we made an environment to collaborate with various people.”
“Then we created our original visual language using a video such as slides or 16 mm films. “Selected Cuts” is a good example made by this method.”


“It’s important for our works to feature unfamiliar language and deliver it to people.”

Inspiration and Innovation

“Inspiration is to travel around to a lot of cities or countries and meet people. We are very lucky living in London, such a multi-cultural city. The things that we meet through our life here is our source of inspiration.”
“Innovation is probably the light coming from the inside like the plastic ice cube does” (it’s the light imitating the ice which was distributed on that day)

These are only parts of their comments. They also talked about the importance of an artist to deliver political or social messages to people.

The work which was put on the screen during the speech was “Selected Cuts”, which appeared in their comments above; “Thumbnail Express“, a short film focusing on sound with narration by Robert A Wiser whom they met on the beach at California; “Stealing Beauty“, an installation work; and “Lost Leader” which contains the above works and an interview which was taken at their studio in London is available from Gas.

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