With her multi-media installations Lia Harkes transforms public spaces such as a square, a bridge, a boulevard into a theatrical setting. She temporarily takes over control of those locations. Taking the history, function and physics of the location into account in creating a new perception of that space. These associations are tangible in fact and emotion, rendered in crisp images and symbolic reflections. She composes her theatrical surrounding with various media such as video and laser projections, music, sound, computerized lighting and structures. Each medium is part of the new imaginary identity that gives a new familiarity and feeling to the site. Lia Harkes has an education in art and a master’s degree in psychology.