Your Interview Lea Brugnoli
Designer, Architect, Artist
Introduce yourself (name, company, position, country) and tell us how you got into lighting design (including education/qualifications).
Hello there!!! My name is Lea Brugnoli and I am freelancer exhibition designer with focus to interactive installations where projection mapping is the most used medium.
My specialization originated from my master's degree in Media Architecture at Bauhaus University in Weimar. Weimar is also home to the famous video mapping festival "Genius Loci", where I had the opportunity to experiment with projections on large architectural facades for the first time.
I am originally Italian but live in Berlin.
Tell us about your work – is there a specific type of project you like to work on or an area you specialise in and why?
I work in the field of museums, exhibitions and festivals. I am very interested in creating immersive spaces with the use of projections. I also work as a visual artist, VJ, for musicians, creating video projections that react to audio. My visual work is characterized by strong colors and fluid images.
What project are you most proud of and why?
"Reflections" is my favorite installation so far. Created together with the artist Anna Torazza. It´s an artwork that brings to life an antique pre-cinema optical game.
What is the biggest challenge that you have overcome in your career?
Learning how to be on stage, was not easy. For my collaborations with musicians, I perform live with them, projecting videos that interact with the music. Being in front of the audience, knowing that you can't go wrong... I had to learn to trust myself. It has grown with time.
How does light inspire you?
Projections are a source of light that has boundless potential, yet to be discovered.
What is your message for other Women In Lighting?
Looking at examples of other women in lighting and being part of a community gives a lot of strength and hope. Thank you all!
“Projection is a source of light that has boundless potential, yet to be discovered.”