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Trent Kim is a programme leader for BA (Hons) New Media Art. He started his career in theatre lighting design and then expanded it onto live media, installation art and animation. He has worked with various national and international organisastions as a technician, designer, producer and consultant and as artist. he has exhibited his works in South Korea, the US and UK. He has also given lectures in various HE institutions including the University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Greenwich, Kyungsung University (South Korea) and Yale University (US). He is a PhD candidate in animation at the Royal College of Art (London) and his specialist subject areas include lighting design, scenography, lumia (early-mid 20th-century American art by Thomas Wilfred), animation, abstraction and phenomenology.

Current research activities

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

  • The Art of Lumia by Thomas Wilfred (b.1889, d.1968)
  • Phenomenology as Practice-based Research Methodology in the Post-Digital Age
  • Research Training for Art Students

Desired research direction

The current research critically reads the historical practice of Lumia by Thomas Wilfred (b.1889, d.1968) and explores multiple dimensions of human relationship to light through digitally enhanced phenomenological investigations. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

As a qualified interpreter, language teacher (Korean and English), Trent Kim 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.

External positions

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 Sep 20101 Jul 2014


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

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Research Output

Hyperobjectivity in the Art of Lumia by Thomas Wilfred [b.1886 d.1968]

Kim, T., 9 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Reflection of light as a methodology for new lumia

    Kim, T., 23 Mar 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

  • Demystifying body in lumia via embodied simulation: lumia after Thomas Wilfred

    Kim, T., 10 Apr 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Pilgrim of Curiosity

    Kim, T., Searle, O. & Shin, E., 26 Oct 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Activities

    SDTN Technical Theatre Symposium 2019

    Trent Kim (Speaker)

    28 Jan 2019

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

    Animation through Light

    Trent Kim (Speaker)

    17 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Visual Music

    Trent Kim (Speaker)

    21 Mar 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

    Simon Atkinson Concert at Loudspeaker Orchestra

    Trent Kim (Participant), , Simon Atkinson (Participant), & Andrew Knight-Hill (Host)

    16 Oct 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    LIT Lighting Design Awards (External organisation)

    Trent Kim (Member)


    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Press / Media