Ground-breaking design studio, Marshmallow Laser Feast, have created light shows for Miley Cyrus, an immersive experience for the Saatchi Gallery and an illumination spectacular for The Eden Project.

This month, Marshmallow Laser Feast are one of the artists collaborating on Welcome to the Forest, the opening extravaganza for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. They told us more about the epic event… 

Who are Marshmallow Laser Feast and what do you do?

As a studio we like to play with technology as a means of moulding perception and exploring our connection to the natural world. Our works combine installation, live performance and virtual reality, blurring the line between the real and the virtual. We have been nestled in Hackney Wick amongst some amazing collaborators and artists for the past 10 or so years. 

What can people expect from your part in Welcome to the Forest?

NEST is an immersive sound and light sculpture created in collaboration with composer Erland Cooper.
The installation consists of beams of light in a ring that create ever-evolving natural forms in the night sky. The lights are driven by 3-dimensional sonic murmurations that Cooper composed, in collaboration with Waltham Forest’s choirs, local schools and musicians, which bring together the local the community, Lloyd Park and its wildlife.

Why do you think Waltham Forest is the right place to stage the first ever London Borough of Culture?

Because it’s so easy to forget we have these dense ancient woodlands and wetlands on our doorstep that offer a great escape into nature so close to the city.

Describe what people should expect from Welcome to the Forest in three words…

Sonic Light Structures (that would be us). More generally: Art, Culture, Community