The uniqueness of Ray’s work has had lasting influence on the outdoor arts sector. As the Director of the Stockton International Riverside Festival put it, “Ray Lee is one of the few artists producing original and interesting digital work for outdoor spaces as opposed to using digital technology as a superior replacement for analogue.”
Events programmers also note how Ray’s work has helped generate a deeper relationship with their target audience. Ring Out was initially shown in Hull for the 2017 City of Culture and then outside the Southbank Centre in London. The piece re-imagines the traditional English church bell ringing for the 21st century using towers and swinging speakers. When it was performed in at Soundlands Festival 2018, its power lay in being ‘instantly engaging and accessible’ said the festival director. “Ring Out also provided an intriguing eye-catching spectacle in a busy festival environment.”
International audiences have enjoyed Ray’s work, because it can be easily presented in non-English speaking countries, points out the director of outdoor performance promoters XTRAX. “All in all it’s very tourable internationally from a practical perspective as well as meeting the highest international quality thresholds.” So far the three projects have achieved significant international recognition playing to audiences in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and across Europe.