Where are you from?
Whangarei, but I went to school in Christchurch and Dunedin. I now live in Auckland.
What is your artistic background?
I studied architecture, specifically temporary things and short term projects. Silo Park (in Auckland) was my thesis at University. I love working in public spaces and find it very rewarding.
My aim is to create art for people to enjoy, creating a mixture of things. I like to make cool sh*t and cool experiences.
What can we expect from you at LUMA?
Lots of lumens! New works, lots of installations and some old favourites like ‘Field’ in new configurations.
I’ve got some work in far-fetched places like Amsterdam, Iceland, Sweden and Beijing… some of those will return to New Zealand for LUMA.
What are you looking forward to most about LUMA?
Definitely the location is my favourite. It’s all about location!
I like that it’s not overtly driven by tourism, it’s about the art but utilising the transient community.
What would you do if you hadn’t become an artist?
I wanted to be a vet, but then I discovered what dealing with a dead bird is like…
Angus Muir is one of New Zealand’s top light installation artists, he’s been involved in a number of festivals, conferences and temporary art installations around the globe. He’s currently setting up his work at world-renowned light festival Vivid Sydney.
LUMA is Queenstown’s first light festival. Following a successful pilot project last year, 2016 will see a Queenstown’s beautiful Gardens light up over over Queen’s Birthday Weekend 3rd – 5th June. A series of illuminated sculptures, light installations and a pop-up cinema and lounge bar will be placed in Queenstown Gardens. The festival is free to the public and suitable for all ages.