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Trent Kim is the programme leader in BA (Hons) Digital Art & Design. He started his career in theatre lighting design and then expanded it onto video art, abstract film and Lumia. His works have been shown in South Korea, the US and UK and he has given lectures in various HE institutions including University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Kyungsung University (South Korea) and Yale University (US). He is also a part time research student in animation at the Royal College of Art and he organises LUMIA | Symposium annually since 2017. His research primarily revolves around Lumia, Intermedia, 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 2016 2018

Reflection of light as a methodology for new lumia

Kim, T. 23 Mar 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

National Archives

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

Kim, T. 10 Apr 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Light Art

Activities 2015 2017

  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 2 Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

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

Kim, T. (Invited speaker)
3 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

LUMIA: the Art of Folding Light

Kim, T. (Examiner)
16 Feb 2017

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Performance, After Wilfred: the Contemporary Lumia Experience

Kim, T. (Invited speaker)
23 Feb 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

LUMIA | Symposium 2017

Kim, T. (Organiser), Kim, T. (Invited speaker)
15 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Seeing Sound 4

Kim, T. (Invited speaker)
10 Apr 2016

Activity: Participation in conference