Bardo Light Show


Hello, I’m David Dyerson. The inspirational seed for the Bardo Light Show was the Joshua Light Show’s effects in the movie ‘Midnight Cowboy’ (1969). I began collecting projectors of various types and experimenting (e.g. by hand painting transparent leader film) in the 1990s. My experimentation was very much sporadic and private until 2007 when I provided lighting as the ‘house light show’ at the George Tavern (Whitechapel), lighting the Acid Gallery nights (organised by Phil Moore) and the land lady’s own ‘Moth Ball’ etc.

The light show expanded through the inclusion of digital effects provided by Tom and the Bardo Light Show provided the lighting for the Amorphous Androgynous’ ‘A Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind’ extravaganza at the Green Man festival in 2009. The Bardo Light Show also provided the lighting for Hawkwind’s 40th Anniversary weekend celebration at Porchester Hall (Notting Hill), an outside screening of ‘Blow Up’ (1966) in the film’s original location at Maryon Park, and lighting of performances by Circulus, Wolf People, DJ Food and ROSCO in the same year.

We were proud to provide lighting for the opening of John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins photographic exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery (Whitechapel) and multi-instrumentalist Bishi Bhattacharya’s live SHOWstudio webcast ‘The Power of Projection’. A key collaborator throughout the years has been Stuart Heaney, and input to his short film, ‘At Home With The Boyle Family’, brings the Bardo Light Show story up to the present day.

Other projects have included…

* Offset Festival 2010
* Breaking Convention – A Multi-disciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness (University of Canterbury, 2011 and University of Greenwich, 2013)
* Regeneration Festival – An interactive weekend of exploring altered states of experience (Notting Hill, 2012)
* Special effects lighting for a Vogue Magazine photographic shoot
* Chemical effects for a short film by British film director Lorna Tucker
* Lighting for a live performance of the seminal 1968 psychedelic album ‘July’ by the British band of the same name
* Summer of Love Revisited (Royal Albert Hall, 2017)
* 1968 and its Legacies Symposium (King’s College, 2018)
* SPECTRAL/OLFACTORY – Performance Lecture with Sophia Satchell-Baeza (Mint Works/Arts Council England, 2018)

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