LED Labs by Christopher Schardt | USA

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LED Labs by Christopher Schardt | USA

LED Labs” is a project by Christopher Schardt in Oakland, California, USA. He’s all about using LED lights in extraordinary ways to make art that wows people. Instead of just regular light displays, he creates installations that grab your attention, whether in busy city spots or quiet countryside spots. Christopher Schardt wants his art to blend in with its surroundings, making it more exciting and magical.

He loves pushing the limits and wants to make moments that stick with you, using light, sound, and tech to create something unique. Get ready for a journey where light and technology combine to make something exceptional.


What is your project called?

My project is called “LED Labs,” and I’m excited about it. “LED Labs” is all about using LEDs in extraordinary ways to make experiences more exciting. We’re not just talking about typical light displays; we’re talking about creating installations that move and change, getting people involved, and making special art.

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Where are you from?

I am from Oakland, California, USA. It’s a lively and varied city in the San Francisco Bay Area, where creativity thrives and new ideas are welcomed. Oakland’s city life and outdoor beauty blend to provide a unique and exciting backdrop for my artistic ventures.


What scene are you part of?

I’m deeply involved in the interactive and engaging visual art scene, particularly within the world of festivals and public installations. My work is often showcased alongside the pulsating beats and vibrant energy of techno and psytrance music.


Can you briefly describe your vision for your visuals?

I want my visuals to be unique experiences that excite and excite people. I aim to use light and sound to create a world that feels magical and different from everyday life. I’m all about mixing different visual styles, like natural patterns, realistic scenes, and colorful displays. By combining them, I want to create something that connects with people.


Why did you become a visual artist, and how do you stay inspired?

Becoming a visual artist felt natural because I’ve always loved making big sculptures that make people feel things. It’s special to me to see how art can make people feel amazed, happy, or thoughtful. Making art lets me share my thoughts and feelings in a way everyone can understand, no matter where they’re from. I’m always trying new ways to use technology in my art to keep my creativity flowing.

Whether trying out fancy lights or playing with cool interactive stuff, I always look for ways to improve my art. I also get inspired by being in different places and meeting other people. Whether it’s a busy city or a quiet countryside, each place gives me new ideas. And I love using music in my art, too. Music and art go hand in hand, so I often use music to make my art even more powerful and emotional.


How did you start as a visual artist?

I started as a visual artist in 2000, making giant sculptures. In 2013, I started using LEDs in my art, combining them with my skills in moving sculptures. This mix led to pieces like “Firmament” and “Light Ripples,” which use lots of LEDs and things you can interact with. My aim? It is to make spaces feel amazing and go beyond everyday art, getting people interested and excited worldwide.


Please show us your portfolio and a project you’re proud of. What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?

One project I’m proud of is “Firmament.” It’s a vast canopy, 52 feet wide, covered in 21,600 LEDs. It was tough because it had to be strong enough for outdoor use. So, I used rigid materials like aluminum and stainless steel. I also ensured solid software controlled the LED lights so they’d keep working well over time. “Firmament” shows how I like to push the limits in art, using new ideas and strong materials to make something unique for people everywhere.


How do you start a new visual project? What are the steps from start to finish?

Starting a new visual project is a step-by-step process. First, I think up the idea. Then, I plan how it’ll look and where the LEDs will go. After that, I write the software, usually using my LED Lab. Then, I put everything together and checked it thoroughly to ensure it worked perfectly and looked great.


What design software and tools do you use? How do you stay updated with trends and technologies?

I use different software tools, like my LED Lab, to design and control my LED sculptures. This helps me customize the software for each project. I stay in touch with industry news, attend conferences, and try out new tools and tricks to keep up with what’s new.

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Describe your artistic style and preferred mediums.

I love making art that makes you feel like you’re part of it, especially with LED lights. I use strong materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and glass to make big installations. People can get up close and interact with these artworks, making their experience even more special and exciting.


How do you stay current with design trends and technology?

I keep up with what’s new in design and technology by joining art and tech groups and attending events, workshops, and conferences. I’m always trying new things and ideas, which helps me keep my art fresh and exciting. This allows me to stay ahead in the art and tech world, ensuring my work always pushes limits and gets people’s attention.


What themes or subjects are common in your work, and what messages do you want to convey?

In my art, I often explore peace, beauty, and interaction. I want to create a feeling of calm and fascination, drawing people into an experience that’s not ordinary. By mixing looks with things you can touch, I want to make spaces where you think deeply and feel amazed and lost in the art and the world around you.

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What’s it like working with people who don’t have a design background?

Working with people who know little about design can be challenging because we might not always agree. But I like finding ways to explain my ideas so they understand. I keep things simple and listen to what they think. By being flexible and working together, we can ensure everyone feels like they’re part of the team. In the end, it makes the project better for everyone.


Have you ever had to change your creative vision because of client demands? How did you handle it?

When clients want changes to my art, it is a chance to work together and be flexible. First, I talk openly to understand what they want and why. Then, I think of ways to make them happy while keeping my art’s essence.

I might compromise to keep the art strong while meeting the client’s needs. By being open to feedback, I aim to find a solution that works for everyone and makes the project successful. Working together like this means we can create art that we both like.


Do you have experience with multimedia design, like video editing or animation?

I often use videos and animations to make my art experience more exciting. These elements make the displays lively and grab people’s attention, making them feel part of the art. For instance, I might use video tricks to make the sculptures look even cooler or add animations to make them move.

This could be anything from butterflies flying to lights swirling around. I also use live videos and sounds to make the art interactive. This means people can affect what they see and hear by moving or making noise, strengthening the connection between them and the art.

What makes contemporary visual art different from traditional designs?

Modern visual art, especially with LEDs, differs from old-style art because it’s very interactive. You can play with the art instead of looking at a picture or sculpture. The big thing is that modern art often uses technology, like LEDs, to make the art move or change when you make noise or move around. This makes it more exciting and interesting than just looking at a picture that doesn’t do anything.


What advice would you give new visual artists wanting to enter the electronic music scene?

If you’re new to visual art and want to explore electronic music, keep trying new stuff and stay curious. Learn about art and tech; don’t worry about trying different things. Collaborating with other musicians and artists is also suitable for making cool stuff together. Working with others can help you learn and make something great.


Please share more about your upcoming projects or any plans you have for your art.

I’m focused on a project called “Lumina.” It’s an interactive LED art piece at a nearby art festival. I’m super excited about the chance to make something people can touch and play with, sparking their interest and imagination. I’m also looking into working with musicians to improve the experience. Having live music with my art will make it even more special. It’s all about creating spaces where people don’t just see the art but also feel it.


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