Marc Billard, Dorothy Tanner (1923-2020)
The abstract video and electronica music in "New Mexico" is rooted in the 50+ year history of Lumonics, from live abstract projection beginning in 1969 to incorporating video beginning in 1979.
Dorothy Tanner, who died July 23, 2020, and Mel Tanner (1925-1993) began their luminal art in Miami in the 1960s, adding the elements of live projection, electronics, and music to create a multi-sensory experience they called “Lumonics,” with the intention to deeply affect people on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels: to relax, energize, and foster a sense of well-being. **Since the passing of Mel Tanner in 1993, Dorothy collaborated with long-time associate, Marc Billard, creating sculptures, electronic music, and video, and continuing to build the Lumonics expression. Dorothy Tanner is the 2018 recipient of the Mayor’s Arts & Culture Innovation Award for the City and County of Denver, “presented to an individual or organization that is breaking new ground in the arts and whose contribution to innovation in the arts has been significant in 2018.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_and_Dorothy_Tanner. Marc Billard has been part of the Lumonics art collective and its multi-media expression since 1972. He has decades of experience working closely with trailblazing light sculptors Dorothy and the late Mel Tanner (1925-1993) in fabrication of the sculptures. Marc has been the technical director for live performances, video, and music at Lumonics installations that have taken place from the East Coast to the West Coast of the U.S. He was involved with the integration of video into the Lumonics sensory experience beginning in 1979. He has collaborated with Dorothy Tanner, the co-founder of Lumonics, on both music, art and video productions. They began their musical collaboration in 1990, finding satisfying similarities between the music and the modalities of sculpture and video. Marc has been experimenting with computers, synthesizers and midi since 1985. Marc Billard is also the course instructor at the Lumonics School of Light Art at the location in Denver which houses the art studio, multi-media performance space, and the school. The abstract video is rooted in the 50-year history of Lumonics, from live abstract projection beginning in 1969 to incorporating video beginning in 1979.