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Flatpack Festival asked me to become Artist-In-Residence in the Photonics Department of Aston University, to make a response to the work they do there. My piece would appear in the run up to Birmingham Library’s Light Fest, as part of an all-day event highlighting the research work of the Department which featured lectures and demonstrations.
Initially I planned to make a laser-based piece, however considering the health and safety implications of this (not to mention the hundreds of school children likely to be in attendance) I decided that using LED’s would be a much safer option instead.
All the demonstrations were based on the physics of light, colour mixing, refraction etc. which inspired me to create a more visceral piece : something to make you feel light, to perceive it and its effects on the brain.
To do this I made some 1.5m light probes from translucent tubes which featured 170 individually controllable pixels; 85 to the front and 85 to the back. This gave me the ability to control both the direct and the indirect light which bounced off the surface to the rear of the tubes, which meant I could separately colour the background and the detail.
My initial plan was to create an interactive piece but as I added audio it revealed a further layer which I decided to experiment with. I took the frequencies of red, green and blue light and dropped them down many octaves so that they became audible. I then used the activation of the red, green and blue pixels to control the volumes of these frequencies. I wondered, could it perhaps be possible to perceive colours through sound? I discovered that the combination of this audible droning of the frequencies combined with a slow colour change produced a very powerful emotional effect akin to someone switching on a “calmness switch” if you will. In this state one became very ‘present’ and indeed during the event many people commented that they felt like they had stepped into a different world.
I further refined the audio by adding some sub octaves to the frequencies, fine-tuning the effect and experimented interplay between the fore- and background illuminations until I was happy with the effect.
I feel like I have come full circle to the beginning of my interest in light in that I am again hand constructing light experiments. I now have the kind of technology I could have only dreamed about 20 years ago. I intended these probes to be multifunctional, and I intend to continue my investigation in other kinds of spaces through the exploration of minimal colour fields and more kinetic installations.
Showroom of Aizel.ru online fashion retailer, totally based on Augmented Reality and digital technologies.
Studio has developed Kinect-based virtual fitting room and interactive graphics for venue design.
Showroom was open for two months in the very center of Moscow (Stoleshnikov per.).
Camera by Maxim Emelianov
After half a year of work from the first shoot to the last renderings we now finally can present our new piece for the great SISSI RADA. It has all what a good music-clip should have: Donuts, cars, kids on bikes, a harp, a giant foot, a miniature drum set and skateboard-stunts. And of course a black cat.
Shot completely with the Microsoft Kinect 2, edited and programmed in VVVV, developed a pipeline between Cinema4D and VVVV and finalized everything in After Effects.
SUNDAY is a track from the unreleased album PRAGMA
Vocals/Harp - ANASTASIA SISSY MAKROPOULOU
Production/Guitar - MAX TRIEDER
Drums - TOM KRAUSE
Typo by CHRISTOPH KNOTH
Special Thanks to LUTZ TIMPERNAGEL for the miniature buildings and trees, to EMIL and EMMA for driving your bikes, to REGINA POHLE for baking a cake in the rain and ULI for renting his NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM.
A interactive installation made with vvvv
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