The upcoming winter light extravaganza, Light Nelson, is still largely a volunteer run gig, which makes it a busy time for many of those involved. But there's one man who undoubtedly has the most hats; Klaasz Breukel. He is on the Light Nelson Trust, tutors at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) where he encourages students to enter, designed this year's Light Nelson artwork, directed the promotional video, is creating the visuals for electronic band NEON and is entering two works himself.
Breukel came to Nelson seven years ago with his partner Floor van Lierop and in 2013 was scooped up by Light Nelson co-founders John-Paul Pochin and Anne Rush.
"They invited me to the first collective meeting because of my background as a VJ (Visual Jockey) in Amsterdam," Breukel says. "I'd created motion graphics and visual animations for electronic music events and festivals."
Breukel enjoys experimenting with new techniques, including his piece Aquatic Expression, filming the facial expressions of visitors and projecting them onto a big round water mist screen.