Research areas

  • NX Arts in general - lumia, abstraction, embodiment, practice-based research, light art, scenography, stagecrafts


Trent Kim is a lecturer in Technical Theatre and Digital Art. He worked as a theatre lighting designer and theatre consultant from 2003 until 2013 and he began working with new music composers including Dr John De Simone and Dr Oliver Searle. Since 2012, Trent began exhibiting his solo works, the format varied from video art, ink painting to Lumia and his works have been shown in South Korea, the US and UK. As a lecturer, he has given lectures in various HE institutions including the Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Kyungsung University (South Korea) and Yale University (US). His research interests in technical theatre and digital art include abstraction, intermediality, crossmodality, visual narratology and phenomenology.

Current research activities.

Trent Kim's current research activities focus on the following research areas.

  • Interdisciplinarity in Technical Theatre Education
  • Crossmodality in Design Conceptualisation
  • Research Training for Art and Design Students
  • The Art of Lumia (the early 20th centuray art form)

Desired research direction.

Trent's practice based research aims to theorise the art of Lumia and he hopes to establish the art as an independent art form and additional research projects can be considered to rethink about the relationship between light and other artistic media. 

Other areas of Expertise available for knowledge exchange.

As a qualified interpreter, language teacher (Korean and English), Trent has a strong interest in English for academic purposes and research trainings for international students. He would be keen to collaborate in any relevant research projects.


  1. LUMIA | Symposium 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. The 8th Fine Art? VJ'ing and Lumia Today

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Performance, After Wilfred: the Contemporary Lumia Experience

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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