Meet Do LaB's Interactive Art Curator!

Sometimes alluded to as the “Director of Black Ops” or “the ‘real’ Mayor of Lightning in a Bottle”, Tyler Hanson is one of those prizes you may think is waiting to be discovered, at the bottom of the crackerjack box of life. But those in the know can tell you that he operates efficiently in the shadows like a telepathic ninja with a coffee mug shaped katana. He’s been a master craftsman of experiences for more than 20 years too and over that time he’s had many hats and many more stories to go with those hats.

In addition to Tyler’s current duties as Festival Therapist to newbs, and On-Call Inter-team Chaos Wrangler, he curates and oversees our interactive art operations at Lightning in a Bottle as our Interactive Art Curator.  In this role, he’s been a seminole voice in all our early Do LaB event production, a celebrated storyteller in the international festival scene and a pioneering engineer of immersive experiences that connect people across the chasm of cultural identity. You might even say, Tyler is the answer to a question from the art world that many are too afraid to ask.


Name: Tyler Hanson
Title: Interactive Art Curator / Festival Therapist / Chaos Wrangler


What’s a topic you’re currently intrigued by or passionate about?

Culture and how it is shaping the world.

Why is that topic important to you?

“Because i am on a mission to help change the world.”

Tyler Hanson knows that festivals are changing the world. Children in Africa are talking about Burning Man: a festival that was once thought to be a satanic cult gathering, now resonates in the global consciousness. Rumours of new economic and social models, conceived and built at festivals, are gaining attention. Global citizens are rejecting inadequate solutions presented by the mainstream and looking to temporary festival societies for new ways of being and for new approaches to restore balance within ourselves and with the planet. Human gatherings have played a monumental role in our history, the desire for human connection and for spaces of expression is deep, biological and spiritual. Festivals provide respite from the digital world, they have become incubators for kinship, acceptance and reconnection to wild spaces; they are the manifestation of a global society’s need for hope and a view into a possible future of human sustainability, on all levels.

Read more about Tyler and his passion for culture here.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned from festivals?

I’ll give you three.

(1) Festivals are the best place for humans to experiment new thinking and creations.

(2) Humans are fundamentally good.

(3) Everyone wants to be Identified (acknowledged) but no one wants to be labeled

What artist would you leave on repeat the whole way home?

I have a real hard time listening to anything on repeat and my musical desires change by the hour. I am a music connoisseur and love to collect new music from around the world that I’ve never heard before. That’s my jam, discovering new amazing music. But to answer your question, perhaps a mashup of Radiohead/Beans On Toast/Jaime XX/Aztek/Y La Bamba/Chief Stevens/Philip Glass/Zebra Katz/Die Antwoord/Bob Marley for the ride home today…

Featured Image Credit: Courtesy of Tyler Hanson


About Staff Picks: Our family tirelessly works to create and share experiences that you’ll remember forever, so to celebrate their accomplishments, highlight their contributions and give you a chance to get to know the rockstars of our team a little better allow us to introduce you to one of the magic makers behind the scenes in the newest installment of our monthly series: Do Lab Staff Picks.