Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ryan Miller’s "Lights Like Us" show at the Bing draws lots of questions, for good reason

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 2:54 PM

click to enlarge RYAN MILLER
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Ryan Miller has a show. It’s a show about… something.

To be fair, it’s even hard for Miller to explain. Billed as “an experience,” "Lights Like Us" wasn’t, however, created by the Spokane-based graphic designer to be intentionally mysterious to its intended audience.

“People think I’m being mysterious in not describing what it is, but I’m really not,” Miller says. “It’s just hard to compare it to something.”

The closest comparison that comes to mind for Miller is that of a TEDx presentation, but longer. Local artist Jesse Pierpoint is set to make an appearance during the show to create a live art piece. Another friend of Miller’s is set to perform a song.

Looking back, the show — set for Thursday, May 3 — was a bit of a impulse for Miller.

“So it’s kind of one of those bucket list things,” he says. “I don’t know what made me do it. I just one day was like ‘let’s lounge around at the Bing [Crosby Theater] and tell some people and see what happens.’”

During the show, Miller plans to share his thoughts and views on the world. He envisions two ways of viewing the reality we live in:

“One is that it’s really crappy and everything’s going to hell. And the other way is that it’s already good and we’re just not seeing it,” Miller says. “And I think the second one is a little bit more optimistic and hopeful, inspiring and empowering at the end of the day."

When it comes to giving presentations and public speaking, Miller is no novice. In 2010 he started Branches Church in Mead, and has spoken at many of its events. His goal for "Lights Like Us" is to be able to discuss topics in ways that he couldn’t do otherwise in a church setting. 

“I was in the church world for a long time — every week — and those have to be a certain type of presentation in a certain box with certain language,” Miller says. “So with ["Lights Like Us"], I get to be out of that box.”

Miller has made quite the career for himself in the art and design world. In 2014, he and his wife founded 08Left, a design venture known for its aviation and airport-related art.

click to enlarge Ryan Miller's new show Light Like Us was a a bit of a bucket list item for him. He says it'll be a chance to spend an evening talking about his thoughts on life, along with some live art pieces and songs from his friends. - RYAN MILLER
  • Ryan Miller
  • Ryan Miller's new show Light Like Us was a a bit of a bucket list item for him. He says it'll be a chance to spend an evening talking about his thoughts on life, along with some live art pieces and songs from his friends.

He’s probably, however, more well known for his work on video games. Miller contributed to the story for the computer game that his brothers Robyn and Rand Miller created, Myst, which sold more than 12 million copies.

Miller also plans to incorporate some of his talk from "Lights Like Us" into a presentation that he’ll use to audition for this year’s TEDxSpokane.

For those still confused about what to expect during "Lights Like Us," consider this last thought from Miller: “It's an opportunity to do something different, at a cool place in town, with some cool, other cultural things happening that don’t always happen. Which, I admit, is still pretty kind of vague.”

"Lights Like Us" • Thu, May 3 at 7:30 pm • $20 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com

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