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Trent Kim is a lighting artist based in Scotland. He is a full time lecturer in New Media Art at University of the West of Scotland contributing to art-based academic research training, projection art and audiovisual art. He has also delivered lectures and workshops at other HE institutions including Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Royal College of Art and Yale University.

Professionally, he has worked in theatre as technician, stage manager, director, designer, and producer nationally and internationally before expanding his career onto visual art as artist and researcher.

His research interests include light art, projection art, scenography, animation and media archaeology and he is specialised in the history of Lumia, an avant garde lighting art pioneered by Thomas Wilfred and he proposes a 'mytho-techno-logical' paradigm as a practice-based historical methodology to challenge the dominance of linguistic interpretations in the contemporary art historical analyses.

He is also involved in community based research projects including Stories of Fishermen in Dunure (in partnership with South Ayrshire Council), Paisley School of Arts (in partnership with Renfrewshire), Bridging Digital (in partnership with Fablevision Studio and Intercult) and completing his PhD at the School of Communication at Royal College of Art in London.

Current research activities

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

  • Ths History of Lumia by Thomas Wilfred (1889-1968)
  • Prototyping-based Media Archaeological Resaerch
  • Scenography of Avant-garde and Postdramatic Theatre

Desired research direction

Trent Kim continues to explore the medium of light from historical, aesthetic and philosophical perspectives, and he is particularly interested in media archaeological research inquiries on forgotten scenographic practices.

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Jul 2021 → …

Visiting Lecturer, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Apr 2018 → …

Visiting Lecturer, University of Glasgow

13 Mar 2017 → …

Visiting Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art

31 Aug 2014 → …

Lighting Design Lecturer (Shortcourses), The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

1 Sept 20101 Jul 2014


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


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