Oct 17, 2016 Comments Off on Light Water Dark Sky
Oct 11, 2016 Comments Off on New works and installations: Buenos Aires, Pitlochry, and Light Night Leeds
It’s been a busy month, with new shows in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Pitlochry (Scotland) and Leeds (UK) – details below.
1// Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry
A wonderful opportunity to show a new commission, Aether, by the shores of a loch in Faskally Woods in Perthshire, Scotland. The piece was commissioned by Enchanted Forest as part of their annual illuminations. On show every evening from 29 September to 30 October.
UPDATE: Enchanted Forest is definitely worth a trip if you can get in, but tickets have apparently sold out.
2// Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Opening times: Friday (10:00 – 20:00), Saturday and Sunday (13:00 – 21:00) until 20 November 2016 at Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires.
3// Light Night Leeds : Dark Water Light Sky
Leeds Dock and Light Night Leeds invited us to install a new work, to music by the always amazing Four Tet, on a floating pontoon in Leeds Dock. The Four Tet track is Unicorn, and we called the piece Dark Water Light Sky. Video coming soon.
We also have upcoming events in Leicester (UK) as part of Europe’s largest Diwali festival (16-17 October), and a very different new work being premiered at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (London UK) in November.
Oct 5, 2016 Comments Off on Leeds Light Night
Very excited to be part of this year’s Leeds Light Night.
We have made a new work entitled Light Water Dark Sky, to music by Four Tet. The work is another volumetric light work, building on Submergence and Aeolian Light.
It runs Thursday – Saturday this week (7-7-8 October 2016) until 11pm, and will be on a floating pontoon IN Leeds Dock.
Do join us!!
Jul 28, 2016 Comments Off on SIGGRAPH 2016
A brand new version of Submergence was premiered at this year’s SIGGRAPH in Anaheim, Los Angeles. We had a great position in the art gallery which, this year, was curated by Jonah Brucker Cohen, and also featured works by nine other digital artists working on the theme of ‘Digital Materialities‘.
The piece used our ‘Ocean of Light’ rendering engine (written in C++/oF, more details on that soon), combined with an infra-red laser scanner (also controlled using oF), a Beads-based generative audio system and synchronisation using a separate Processing app. The OoL engine, developed in part to work real time for VJ collaborations with Purity Ring and Four Tet, is now flexible enough to create a wide range of controlled volumetric effects, from form rendering to particle systems. Watch this space…
SIGGRAPH 2016, Anaheim Convention Centre, Anaheim, Los Angeles CA, USA. 24-27 July 2016.
May 17, 2016 Comments Off on Field – new project at WNO, Cardiff
Very happy to announce our latest project, Field, launched last week at the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff, commissioned by Welsh National Opera.
Field is an immersive artwork and memorial for 923 Royal Welch Fusiliers who died at the Battle of the Somme during the First World War and have no known grave. The piece was commissioned by Welsh National Opera to accompany their major new opera, In Parenthesis, by Iain Bell.
The 923 lights represent the many fallen fusiliers whose names are inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial in France. Some of these men would have served with ‘In Parenthesis’ author, David Jones, during the battle at Mametz Wood July 1916.
The work seeks to create an environment for remembrance and contemplation; one that connects the spiritual and elemental with the physical, the unseen with the seen, our past with our present.
Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff Bay, 13 May – 22 June 2016
Feb 16, 2016 Comments Off on So far in 2016 – Four Tet, Kylie, Purity Ring and more…
2016 has been fun so far – we worked our lighting systems twice with Four Tet, and also with Kylie Minogue. Purity Ring continue world domination with our setup, resulting in two appearances at Sydney Opera House already this year (Four Tet and Purity Ring both played there!). And we put on a workshop in Amsterdam and a new installation in the UK.
We started the year off building a volumetric light experience with Four Tet at Sydney Opera House, and last week we did it again at the Roundhouse. Images here.
We also built a 30m long chandelier suspended 6.5m from the ceiling at Old Billingsgate for the Prince’s Trust, consisting of over 12,000 individually controlled points of light. It was part of a fundraising event to celebrate the Trust’s 40 years’ work supporting disadvantaged children. The chandelier was controlled in real time to illuminate the space with ambient dynamic clouds and abstract visuals through to a vibrant VJ set to accompany a live performance by Kylie. More images here.
Purity Ring have performed using our Ocean of Light system on so many gigs we have lost count – including Sydney Opera House this January, and the Roundhouse last Autumn. Their latest video, Heartsigh, proudly bears our mark!
We had a lot of fun running a workshop for about 25 enthusiastic Dutch coders, enabling them to produce realtime volumetric visuals using the ‘Tectonic‘ installation setup and systems we installed in Amsterdam in December and January.
And we also put on another installation at Swindon’s Steam Museum (Wiltshire, UK) as part of Create Media’s Digital Journeys exhibition.
Jan 13, 2016 Comments Off on Tectonic – new project
Tectonic, a new Ocean of Light project commissioned by Dutch design agency LAVA, launched on December 12th, and runs until 23rd January 2016.
The piece uses a combination of visual approaches, combining the particle systems used in our earlier work with more geometric forms. This is also a piece where the music is to the fore.
We are also running a one-day workshop on the last day of the exhibition – more details here.
More images here. Video coming soon.
Dec 4, 2015 Comments Off on Kew Gardens
Oct 28, 2015 Comments Off on Enlightenment in Lincoln
Enlightenment – commissioned by (and first exhibited at) Salisbury Cathedral earlier this year – has been transferred to Lincoln, where it is being shown as part of Frequency festival 2015. The move places the work in a completely different space, and both have transformed as a result. Now set within an industrial aesthetic, rather than the classic Gothic architecture of the cathedral, the piece illuminates and engages actively with the space and its visitors in a very different, but equally effective way. Lincoln residents seem to have taken to the piece.
Enlightenment, @WatersideSC, Lincoln, from 23 October – 1 November 2015.
More images here.
Sep 28, 2015 Comments Off on With Four Tet at the ICA