Joshua Light Show @ Transmediale – HKW, January 31st, 2012

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In 1967, as the idea of synesthesia between music and light was becoming part of the culture, Joshua White founded the Joshua Light Show. JLS was a group of artists who performed together, improvising multi-media projections in live concert venues. While much of their work was created for classical music and jazz, a major turning point came with the opening of Bill Graham´s Fillmore East in the spring of 1968. The Joshua Light Show were resident artists at Fillmore East and performed live behind all the major musical artists of the time: Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix. During this same period, JLS toured Europe and created the legendary party scene for John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy.

The video below shows a piece of 1 minute of White’s vintage-light show, first time presented in Germany.

In recent years, the Joshua Light Show has received renewed attention in the art world as White collaborated with artist Gary Panter to recreate aspects of his legendary light shows at The Anthology Film Archives (2004) and with the artist Bec Stupac at The Kitchen, both in New York (2007). Since then, the Joshua Light Show has featured in many exhibitions in the USA and UK.
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