English native designer & director Chris Thompson, AKA Lumiko, has established himself as a creative force within the industry.
Having worked extensively in London, New York and currently based in Sydney, the freelance creative has worked with the likes of Hugo Boss, Red Bull, U2 & Lenny Kravitz to name but a few of his clients.
With years of experience in areas both creative and technical, Chris "continues to explore the lands between moving image, design & technology."
Fortunately for us, we had the great pleasure of 'sitting down' with Chris to talk inspirations, life in Sydney, and how he unwinds after a long days work.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m an English director/designer currently residing in sunny Sydney, Australia. I moved here 4 years ago having previously lived and worked in London & New York.
What’s it like being a director/designer based in Sydney?
Sydney’s a wonderful city! However, the audience for commercial work feels is a lot smaller & budgets a lot tighter than I previously enjoyed. On the flip side I’ve found that being creatively restricted has meant I’m spending more energy on personal work - either through creating artworks or writing music.
How did Lumiko get started?
I started Lumiko as a small 2 person studio with my friend Jon Lau (http://www.dangerdanger.tv/).
However, after Jon left Lumiko has become a place to host my portfolio and increasingly a place to showcase my visual experiments. It’s currently in a transitional place - slowly becoming a showcase for my more personal, non-commercial work.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
In a few words I’d describe my current aesthetic as geometric, balanced & flowing.
What are some of your major influences?
When I first got into the design & animation game I drew much of my inspiration from fellow animation studios such as Shynola, Buck and Psyop.
However, over time I find myself heavily drawn to static works of form and beauty such as the work of Eduardo Paolozzi, Gunta Stölzl, Josef & Anni Albers and modern masters like Hannah Waldron & Siggi Eggertsson.
Campaign: Art of the Can
Client: Red bull
Agency: Rehab Studio
What’s been your favourite project to date?
Some of my recent favourite projects have been with the great London based company Marshmallow Laser Feast. They’re constantly finding new ways of pushing boundaries - after any project with them my brain is always somewhat bedazzled by the wealth of ideas and new techniques explored.
Whose a dream client or artist you would love to work with?
I’d love to work more with Marshmallow Laser Feast, for sure. A dream would be to one day do something with Universal Everything, I can’t wait to see what they come up with projecting on the Opera House for Vivid!
However, right now I’m pushing for time to finish off the myriad of personal projects I have stacking up. We’re in a really interesting time in regards to digital art with the ability to sell pieces online through sites like seditionart.com or devices like Electric Object’s E01. It’s a new frontier & by the close of 2015 I’d love to be a part of it.
After a long days work, I like to unwind by…
After a long day’s work I like to tinker with my drum machines! Music production is an area I’ve only been playing in for the last couple of years but have become really fascinated with recently. I’m slowly (very slowly) writing an album with the hopes of also creating accompanying visuals.
The last great book I read was…
Last great book I read was Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. It’s a beautiful book which drew a few parallels to my early adolescence growing up in a small English town.
Right now I’m listening to…
I’m a little bit obsessed with the last Jon Hopkins album ‘Immunity’. It sounds both intimate and immense at once. Also, when I’m reading I have this tendency to listen to the same record over and over, like a soundtrack.
When I read Black Swan Green I was listening to Haiku Salut’s Tricolore on repeat so the two works are now inextricably connected in my head.
My top three films are…
Top 3 movies is a difficult one. I’d be inclined to pick ones from my childhood - Back to the Future, Army of Darkness, Dazed and Confused - but I’m not sure what that says about where I’m at right now.
A recent movie that completely floored me was Leos Carax’s Holy Motors. It’s a total mind f**k but in the best possible way. Still, TV is the new Cinema and a recent BBC series called Detectorists has quickly charmed it’s way into my heart - perfect TV for a lazy Sunday night.
If I wasn’t doing this I’d be…
If I wasn’t doing this I’d be…. a dolphin trainer.