The catalog of the 2017 exhibition "PedalCulture: The Guitar Effects Pedal as Cultural Artifact" illustrates the cultural significance and visual design semiotics of contemporary guitar effects pedals. The text shows the pedals' application as objects of power transference from on high and explores their symbolic associations with select objects, ideas, and texts from popular arts and culture.
Ronald Light had a varied career developing innovative and influential programs in arts, culture, and technology—often in service to very human needs for personal and community development. He has a BA in anthropology from San Francisco State University and an MFA in design from California Institute of the Arts. Light lives in San Francisco, where he plays guitar, badly.