Samuli Laine ( b.1983) is a Helsinki-based scenographer, video artist, and performance maker. Laine became a Master of Arts in 2011 and Master of Theater Arts in 2014. He has worked actively as a light/video/set designer and a performer in the field of contemporary theater and dance, as well as a designer for TV. In 2007 still, in school, Laine was designing Eurovision song contest stage and has there after sporadically worked with formats like X-Factor, Project Runway, Next top model, and the Finnish Lottory. Laine has worked and toured both in Finland and abroad. Collaborators range from contemporary dance choreographers like Adam Linder to opera director Vilppu Kiljunen. Festival appearances include RENCONTRES CHORÉGRAPHIQUES INTERNATIONALES DE SEINE-SAINT-DENIS, Tanz im August Berlin, ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform, Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival, Side Step Festival and Helsinki Festival. Venues range from Hebbel am uffer to Helsinki city theatre.
Laine has often worked in multible roles. Often being a set and light designer (and a performer) at the same time. Especially this performer/designer duality has given him a holistic approach to design and performance making. Because one facilitates a different kind of viewpoint from inside the performance situation than being an outside eye (a standpoint of a typical designer). This hybrid understanding of performance situation has made Laine think performances more as event and environment -like happenings.
There for Laine is now interested in lighting and spacial design that creates an distinctive visual environment. One that is in dialogue with the overall dramaturgy and the thematics of the performance. He likes to think that performance situation should be an experiential environment that can create new perspectives. Or even be a platform for collective emancipation. In a larger frame Laine is interested in the question: "What does it mean to be a human in 2016?"
Now Laine is writing an article about this multidisciplinary approach for a forth coming book called Perspectives to lighting design in 2016. It will be published by Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Laine has also work with video art and in 2015 he created a short film called "0" with Sound designer Mitja Nylund. It premiered in Finnish National Audiovisual Institute's Orion theatre and has since been shown in Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Finland), Europian Media Art Festival (Germany), Galleria Huuto (Finland) & WNDX Festival (Canada)