Having cut his creative teeth on New York’s art scene in the 1960s and 70s, stage director Robert Wilson has since created some of the most memorable pieces in contemporary theatre, featuring minimal sets and groundbreaking sound and light. As Guest Editor, he decided to ‘make the magazine more dimensional’. Since 2006, he had been making video portraits of celebrities and animals, featuring the key elements of his work – sound, light, costume and set design. He created a 16-page portfolio of portraits (plus a front cover featuring Isabella Rossellini) and then, with creative communications agency Dentsu London, employed a pre-cinema technique called Ombro Cinema: by sliding a striped acetate sheet across the page, readers could make subjects such as Brad Pitt and a sumo world champion move. QR codes gave access to videos and soundtracks. ‘We are creating something that’s more interactive, allowing the reader to be a participant in the composition,’ Wilson said.
While his work in theatre and opera continues apace, Wilson has also branched out. He designed a public park in Helsinki in 2012, and last year created a chandelier for lighting company Slamp, inspired by his set for La Traviata. ‘Light is the element that creates space,’ he told us. ‘Without light, there is no space.’