Lindsey L33‘s work is a phsychadaelicand mystery wrapped in sex and free love in this new exclusive video/editorial titled ‘China Cat Sunflower, Pt. I‘. Art direction/filmed by L33 with light projections by Federico Moreno & Ether Wave featuring model Alexis Eyes. This film is an homage to liquid light shows. These shows were once an integral element of many live performances in the 60s and 70s. Liquid light shows began in the 60s as a visual addition to rock shows which was later adapted for electronic music shows as you may see at many festivals or venues today. Some shows used as many as forty overhead projectors to create one-of-a-kind patterns. Oils and alcohol were mixed by hand on the projector as the audience watched the explosion of color be projected onto the musicians. The film was shot with Lomography lenses to emulate the experience of a 60s music performance. We wanted an actress who could embody the free spirit of the era, and emulate the experience of a young girl at the time.
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When did you decide to film this project?
Lindsey L33: In 2014, I overheard Federico talking to his friend about doing old school projections, and it sounded
really cool so I struck up conversation with him. It took us over a year to actually film it, but I think the projects you
have to wait for are usually much better in the end.
What was the idea for the film?
Lindsey L33: I wanted to film a nude woman that was having a personal experience—really feeling the moment. I felt
It was important to create something as authentic as possible.
Why is she nude?
Lindsey L33: Women in the 60s and 70s and even 80s did not have to worry about their image being taken and then
published online for everyone to see. I want women today to feel empowered to be naked and not to let the idea of
someone seeing you naked online scare you into hiding your body.
How long have you been working with projections?
Federico Moreno: I have been doing this for about 3 years, and I feel like I am just beginning to do shows the way I
always wanted them to look, but there is still lots for me to learn and keep growing. It is a weird never-ending journey.
How did you learn about liquid light projection?
Federico Moreno: I first found out about liquid light shows when I read Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test in
my first year of college. They talked about these wild parties where everyone would drink LSD-laced Kool Aid and
bands would play over the liquid light projections. The whole idea was to heighten the senses with light and sound,
which became one of the main driving factors behind the psychedelic counterculture movement of the 60s. There
were many artists including Joshua White, Mark Boyle, Mike Leonard, and light show groups with names as far out as
the Single Wing Turquoise Bird light show. I didn’t know much about how the projections worked, but through doing a
little research and going through an extensive period of experimenting with many different liquids, I started figuring
things out. A friend of mine who is a real expert and has learned directly from the pros gave me a few pointers which
have really helped me attain a knowledge about this rare art.
Why is liquid light projection important?
Federico Moreno: I think it’s important because nowadays most visual artists who do live projections at concerts use
digital mediums, which I feel takes away a lot of the charm out of seeing actual light, and not pixels. In order to keep it
interesting you have to get more creative, think about how to make interesting aesthetics with what you have. It also
helps to use multiple projectors in order to create a moving collage of shifting images, and actually do a performance.
It’s different than a VJ standing behind a laptop all night twisting knobs on a MIDI controller.
How many people would you estimate still perform these kind of projections?
Federico Moreno: There is a group on Facebook that I am a part of called the Psychedelic Light Show Preservation
Society, and there are about 2,000 members, but only about 100 of them are actively doing liquid light shows that I
know of. This art form has grown over the past few years, thanks to a psychedelic culture re-emergence that has occurred.
There is also a lot more info about it online and high quality videos on Youtube that were not available a few