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Lightstrive

Lightstrive - an interactive light projection

As part of the Catch the Light program accompanying the olympic games in Athens in August 2004 we've been invited to realize one of the 9 installations that have been setup throughout the city.

The fassade of a building is illuminated by a virtual lightsource that can be played with like a ball thus creating different lighting for the fassade every moment.

Team

  • Michael Höpfel
  • Sebastian Gregor
  • joreg

Additional credits go to Michael Mehling for last minute programming at meso, Michael Mehling and Jenny Michel for their help on setting up the hardware and to Adi and Marianna as our fabulous production team in Athens.

Further documentation on:

Movie

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Making Of

Lightstrive is completely realized with our inhouse developed graphical programming language vvvv and runs on two standard windows pcs with current graphics hardware.

The audience is being tracked by a low latency firewire camera mounted high above on the opposite building viewing the whole interactive zone of about 22m. Direction and power of the users movement is extracted by analysing the video over time. A resulting vector is used to update the lights/balls movement that is otherwise being calculated by a physics engine that also includes the facades geometry in its calculations. Therefore the light/ball can also be caught in one of fhe balconies in which case the game restarts.

The lights/balls current coordinate is always sent to the second pc where it is used to calculate the correct shadows cast by the point-lightsource represented by the ball. Shadows are calculated via custom vertex- and pixelshaders.

  • the place, korai, the bank building by day
  • photos of setup

Early Screenshots

the tracker system

the shadowing system

anonymous user login

Shoutbox

~41min ago

CeeYaa: haha it was frozen for 10 seconds when I send this Shout before - using Firefox

~42min ago

CeeYaa: hui really slow speed on MainPage, Contributions ... speed in Forum quite OK

~3h ago

u7angel: mmm, the site is really slow now.

~13h ago

joreg: PSA: and we're back!

~2d ago

joreg: PSA: Thursday night starting 11pm CET vvvv.org will move servers. If all goes well we should be back soon after.

~3d ago

joreg: But first: This Friday in Berlin: Join our full day "Getting started with Generative Design Algorithms" workshop https://nodeforum.org/announcements/workshop-getting-started-with-generative-design/

~3d ago

joreg: In #Linz for #ArsElectronica? Join us for a free 2 days #vvvv workshop sponsored by businesses/responsive-spaces-gmbh Apply here: 2-day-gamma-vvvvorkshop-at-responsive-spaces-in-linz

~5d ago

joreg: Need your custom dose of #vvvv training? Join us at our studio in #berlin: vvvv-training-at-the-source

~10d ago