IALD Chase the Dark to take place this Thursday

22nd March 2023

(Worldwide) – The 10th edition of the IALD’s Chase the Dark community event will take place around the world this Thursday, 23 March.

The programme’s name comes from the global nature of its premise: designers from the start of the International Date Line follow the rising sun as it “chases” the darkness, from Australia to the Pacific coast of the US. Encouraging participants to join in the activity, either individually or in localised gatherings, each year’s event has a theme that is the basis for individual expression, that is then shared on social media using the #IALDChaseDark hashtag.

For 2023, the programme’s theme is entitled “Shadow Play”, allowing participants to use the balance of light and dark to create displays that might involve casting unique shadow shapes, backlighting silhouettes, creating optical illusions, or anything else personally inspired.

Emma Cogswell, the lead coordinator for the Chase the Dark programme and project manager for the IALD UK region, is pleased to see the event so widely embraced for its 10th year. “Shadow is a valuable asset in a lighting designer’s toolbox,” she said. “With the ability to be projected forward or silhouetted when backlit, it’s a commonplace technique in storytelling and puppetry in a range of South Asian cultures.

“We have numerous regions and chapters coordinating in-person gatherings; form Melbourne to Mumbai, to Toronto, to San Francisco, not to mention the individual participants trying their hand at Shadow Play and joining the fun from all over the world. We can’t wait to see the results.”

The Chase the Dark event is specifically developed to encourage participating by IALD members and non-members alike, promoting the awareness and value of professional lighting design on a global scale.

Complete details of the event can be found on the IALD website here.