ACT Lighting Design
With over 20 years of experience in the fields of architecture, entertainment and art installation, Koert Vermeulen is today a worldwide renowned lighting designer, with major successes, such as providing the lighting and multimedia design for the opening and closing ceremonies of the SINGAPORE 2010 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES (SYOG), on the world’s largest floating stage.
After creating his first professional lighting & sound supply company in 1989, Koert founded ACT lighting design (1995) which provides lighting-, set-, video- and content design to the entertainment business: stage plays, urban operas, “sound & light” shows, fashion & corporate shows, themed attractions, events, concerts and festivals… for audiences of thousands of people, as well as for more intimate contemporary forms of theatre and spectacle.
Since 1998, he has expanded his work towards architecture and illuminated exhibitions, museums, heritage sites, urban spaces, city master plans & business centres, while keeping his specific stage approach. It resulted in the creation of ACT architectural lighting design, in 2004.
In 2005, Koert designed, for Franco Dragone, the lighting & video for the prestigious show “Le Rêve”, at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
Koert Vermeulen is regularly invited to give lectures and speeches at conferences. A guest professor from 2004 to 2008 at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, he is also a professional member of The Professional Lighting Designers' Association (PLDA), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and speaks at the lighting design’s industry most respected and prestigious gatherings and conventions.
Since 2006, awards from several European competitions recognize Koert’s successes in contemporary Light Art installations, such as OVO - a multi-sensory art object, or Tree Rings, a festive illumination of the Champs-Elysées, Paris (2011-2014). These projects illustrate his constant desire to experiment with new ways to enrapture audiences and to develop new visual design techniques, constantly researching new domains of application.