Blacklight Lighthouse is a duo whose art reveals a synergy between music and video. Laura Frare, is a visual artist who likes to play music, and Elizabeth Karp, is a musician who likes to make videos.
The best way for us to express our visual and audio improvisations is by constantly experimenting. Having always liked using props and visuals for live performances, we started making videos and combining the imagery with recordings from our weekly improvisation sessions. We make recordings from all kinds of sources and play a variety of analog and digital instruments. Our cameras are very simple point and shoot, or iPhone video APPs, and our editing techniques require very little post-production. We capture footage in single takes as often as possible, experiment with stop motion animation techniques, create miniature stage sets, as well as shooting from the physical world. We have a practice of shooting imagery samples from our television screens, abstracting the found footage, either during the shooting phase or later in the editing phase. We try to let the simple process of pairing our sounds with the imagery guide the development of the final composition. When we combine our sound and video recordings the result is often surprising. An awareness of time passing, observing the nature of stillness and movement, attraction to light and color, and the reflective qualities of waiting, watching, and listening are what we find re-occurring in many of our works.