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Lighting Designer

Willie Williams

Willie Williams works with light and visual media to create performance environments and installations. He is best known for his 25-year working relationship with rock group U2, where his combination of hi-tech media and lo-tech eccentricity has received much acclaim, particularly their Zoo TV and PopMart tours. Williams’ work with George Michael, REM and David Bowie has also been highly regarded as being both conceptually and technologically groundbreaking.

Performing arts projects have included: collaborating with Laurie Anderson on her current Homeland show. He has an ongoing relationship with Kronos Quartet that includes the design of their epic Sun Rings project, commissioned by NASA. Other work in this field includes designing for the Montréal dance company La La La Human Steps and for Marianne Faithfull.

Theatre credits for lighting and projection design include: French and Saunders ‘Still Alive’ (2008); Little Britain Live (2005–07); Barbarella (2003–04); Pam Ann (2006–06 and 2008); and The Fast Show (2008).

Williams’ gallery installation of kinetic light sculptures, Lumia Domestica, has been shown at galleries in Manchester, Dublin and London. His larger scale public works have been installed at London’s Southbank Centre, within Canterbury Cathedral, and at Seattle, Cleveland and Atlanta in the USA.

He has been honoured by his peers via numerous industry awards and his work has been profiled in Time magazine, Creative Review and Wired.

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