We are honored to share that Carmen Zella, NOW Art Founder & Chief Curator, was selected by TEDxRedondoBeachStudio to deliver a TEDx Talk on LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light and the healing power of public art.


Following LUMINEX which took place on April 10, 2021 as we emerged from the pandemic, Carmen spoke with industry leaders across sectors, including ULI – Urban Land Institute Los Angeles, AIA (American Institute for Architects) Interior Architecture Committee, DiverseArtLA, ITTT – Initiation to Tomorrow Today, Panasonic Podcast: The Big Rethink, and From the Director’s Chair: The Future of Art & Technology hosted by NOW Art with artist Refik Anadol, Panasonic, Arup Engineering and Makersplace NFT.


“LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light was a gift to our City — and it has truly become the gift that keeps on giving.” Carmen Zella, LUMINEX Curator and Founder & Chief Curator, NOW Art public art agency. “I’m beyond honored to spotlight the artists and community collaborators who made this possible. Because of our shared vision to help the community heal, and the support of TEDxRedondoBeachStudio and Ted.com, we are able to extend beyond the streets of Los Angeles and help inspire healing around the world. It is our collective hope that each person who watches this TEDx Talk immerses themselves in a sense of self-care and experiences the healing power of public art.”  – Carmen Zella


The healing power of public art

Digital artists illuminate the streets of downtown Los Angeles


The following summary is provided to TED by TEDxRedondoBeachStudio.


Can public art heal and connect communities? Public Art Curator, Carmen Zella, transforms downtown Los Angeles into an outdoor digital art exhibition to help the community heal as we emerged from the pandemic. With the city’s urban landscape as a backdrop, LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light used advanced technology to project world-class digital art from six internationally acclaimed artists, including Refik Anadol and Nancy Baker Cahill. Discover how this immersive experience created space for collective healing and mental health through sound, motion, nature, a sense of connectedness, and self-exploration. 


Credits: A special thank you to each artist who was the true storyteller of LUMINEX: Refik Anadol, Nancy Baker Cahill, Sarah Rara, Luciana Abait, Carole Kim, and Akiko Yamashita. LUMINEX was made possible by a collective of community sponsors: NOW Art, Panasonic, Show Imaging, South Park Business Improvement District, JB3D, Normalynn Cutler, Chelsea Herman, and Colleen Angeles, Inc. All photography, videography and editing by Koury Angelo and Mason Williams.


This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxRedondoBeachStudio, an independent event.


**Also watch Carmen’s TEDx Talk on Ted.com.


About Carmen Zella, Founder & Chief Curator, NOW Art


Carmen Zella is an award-winning public art curator and producer. She is the Founder of NOW Art and its charitable division, NOW Art Foundation. Carmen collaborates with internationally acclaimed and local artists. Widely regarded in the art industry, Carmen advises clients on public and private artworks, experiential activations, and iconic landmarks that reframe urban landscapes and inspire cultural, social and economic vitality.


A visionary and thought leader, Carmen aspires to democratize artistic experiences. Her progressive approach intersects art, architecture, technology and culture. Carmen’s portfolio of highly visible artworks across a spectrum of platforms includes: LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light; the renowned Liquid Shard in downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square; the revitalization of the Triforium, recipient of the LA2050 grant; the activation of the historical air-raid sirens for the LA Philharmonic’s production of War of the Worlds; and the cultural murals at La Plaza Village, winner of the Building Team of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects LA.


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