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We are delighted to be part of this year’s Cinekid Festival (see http://www.cinekid.nl/ for more info) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In among a host of awesome content and highly engaging interactive kid-oriented experiences, we have installed our Living Timeline project. It feels great to give the piece its first international audience, and to be in this cool exhibition. Bring on the kids!

The original is on permanent exhibition at At-Bristol in the UK.

There’s a video of the project below, and more info here.

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Submergence and Oslo LUX – updated 18 Feb

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Submergence saw its premiere at Oslo’s ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur gallery, and ran from January 17th to Sunday 17th February. The piece received five times the visitors expected at such shows in its four week run. The exhibition received coverage from Norwegian TV station NRK (go in at 3’45″) and Discovery Channel Canada, from Gizmodo, Creators Project, ThisIsColossal, notcot and loads of others – thanks all!

We also have an interview in FastCoDesign – good to get a bit of depth…

The video has been watched some 75,000 times and there have been queues forming outside the gallery.

The gallery was also the venue for the post-symposium event for Oslo LUX. Some 200+ people descended on the gallery which, for the evening only, also showed Semiconductor‘s excellent Heliocentric, and new pieces by Pretty Concrete and One Stunt A Month.

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Submergence – launch at ROM

Submergence transforms the ROM gallery space into a Mixed Reality environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. The result is an immersive walkthrough experience that uses light to alter our perceptions of space and presence.

Imagine walking through a virtual world, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space. These points of light create environments, atmospheres and movement in physical space. This is Submergence, a new project by digital arts collective Squidsoup. 8,064 points of light suspended in a physical walkthrough space measuring 8m x 4m and 4m high.

Submergence is the culmination of a five year research project exploring interactive media experiences that occupy physical space. It will be on show at ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur, Oslo, Norway, from 17 January to 17 February 2013.

The Submergence exhibition will also feature in Oslo LUX 2013, a one day conference and event taking place in Oslo on 7th February 2013.

Submergence // A Squidsoup by Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Chris Bennewith, Liam Birtles and Ollie Bown

ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur Maridalsveien 3 N-0178 Oslo Norway

January 17 – February 17 2012

Supported by Arts Council of Norway / Norsk Kulturråd // www.kulturrad.no ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur // www.r-o-m.no Oslo School of Architecture and Design //  www.aho.no Oslo Lux // www.oslolux.no

Pest Control 2 – Infestation – video documentation (finally)

“We have received disturbing reports of an outbreak of beetles, spiders and centipedes at Phoenix Square, an otherwise wonderful cinema, café and media centre in Leicester. Digital artists Squidsoup have been on-site trying to contain the infestation but they may need your help…”

Documentation of an interactive installation primarily aimed at children by digital arts group Squidsoup squidsoup.org – commissioned by, and first shown in April/May 2012 at, DMU Cube, Phoenix Square, Leicester.

The project builds on a series of related research and projects that place responsive and vaguely aware digital creatures in physical space, exploring the boundaries and relationships between digital and physical environments. Related projects include Glowing Pathfinder Bugs (2008, updated 2011), Pest Control (2010) and Living Timelines (2012). Pest Control II : Infestation uses ceiling mounted Kinect sensors (Microsoft X-Box game controllers) to detect movement and interactions in 3D within the gallery space. Creatures respond to physical presence in different ways – some insects are wary of people, others far more inquisitive…

Volume 4,096 at Royal Society, New Zealand

 

Volume 4,096, a new permanent exhibit by digital arts group Squidsoup, is now on permanent display at the Royal Society New Zealand. The piece is suspended 6m above visitors in the main foyer of RSNZ’s beautiful new Headquarters, and can be seen from three floors within the building, and also outside. There is no escape!

The piece has two modes – day and night. Daytime mode consists of slow moving spheres, reminiscent of the flows of a lava-lamp, designed to complement but not overpower what is a working environment rather than an art gallery. The place turns into more of a gallery space at night, when exuberant multicolour explosions fill the atrium in volumetric splendour. Seen from outside, it is clear there is a fireworks display going on indoors.

Squidsoup have many years experience at building visual installations using three dimensional grids of lights like this to create truly three dimensional visual experiences that occupy physical space, but Volume 4,096 is the first exhibit to use a new hardware system, Ocean of Light 2.

The system is scalable and can be configured in highly flexible configurations. The system is also weather-proof and tough enough to be used within reach of the public and in permanent architectural installations. More details at OceanOfLight.net

High resolution images here.

Photos courtesy Shaun Waugh.

Living Timeline

Living Timeline, a project we started in June last year, has finally launched as part of At-Bristol’s new exhibit “Our World – No More Waste”, sponsored by Sita Trust.

Living Timeline brings the last 460 million years of evolutionary development to life, with creatures ranging from spiders, beetles and snails, through ammonites and trilobites to sharks and dinosaurs inhabiting a Mixed Reality ecosystem.

The creatures are projected onto a physical 3D landscape measuring 4.6m. Like Glowing Pathfinder Bugs, creatures sense their landscape, and the presence of visitors, through the use of Kinect stereo camera sensors, and they respond accordingly by flying off, panicking and running away, crawling up your arm or being splattered to death by rampant children.


 

Also, see this on the At-Bristol site; it includes a brief video description/interview about the project.

The project is part of a group of projects that have explored and extended the ideas behind Glowing Pathfinder Bugs (2008), an artwork that projects caterpillars onto a sandpit. Other related projects include Pest Control I and Pest Ctrl II – a full body experience recently shown at Phoenix Square, Leicester UK.

These projects all use simple projection mapping techniques to create convincing forms of spatially coherent Mixed Reality experience; making the digital world feel as though it exists within our own physical reality, rather than looking through a window/screen into a parallel yet untouchable universe.

Living Walls is a permanent exhibition, and the first exhibit you come to just through the entrance at At-Bristol. It is estimated that the project will be seen by over a million people in the next few years.

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Also, our LIVING WALLS project at the RSC’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon is still running; a trio of pieces that aim to show the spirit and words of Shakespeare coming alive within the walls of the theatre. More info HERE; the pieces run until 9th September.

 

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We have been commissioned by At-Bristol to produce an interactive evolutionary timeline, based on the ideas behind our Glowing Pathfinder Bugs project. This is an exciting opportunity to use some of the techniques we’ve developed in a new setting.

The project brings the last 460 million years of evolutionary development to life, with creatures ranging from spiders, beetles and snails, through ammonites and trilobites to sharks and dinosaurs inhabiting a Mixed Reality ecosystem. It is part of an upcoming permanent exhibition, “Our world – no more waste”.

The creatures are projected onto a physical 3D landscape measuring 4.6m. Like Glowing Pathfinder Bugs, creatures sense the presence of visitors through the use of Kinect stereo camera sensors, and they respond accordingly by disappearing, running away, or crawling up your arm.

The exhibition is to open in late May 2012.

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Bugs invade France and beyond (updated)

Squidsoup’s Glowing Pathfinder Bugs get two trips to Brittany (France) this year. We showed them in St Brieuc in June (at ART ROCK) and we will be showing a new version of the piece (using a Kinect camera) at this year’s SCOPITONE festival in Nantes, in October.

The Bugs have also been travelling further afield than France. In January they were in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, followed by a stay at the Salt Lake City Art Center. In June they were also spotted at Oslo’s Art-on-Wires festival, and last December they were in Wellington, New Zealand. There are rumours that they liked New Zealand and are planning to return…

Finally, the article we wrote for LeonardoGlowing Pathfinder Bugs: A natural haptic 3D interface for interacting intuitively with virtual environments, can now be found here.

SIGGRAPH 2010

We had fun at this year’s SIGGRAPH in Downtown LA. We showed Glowing Pathfinder Bugs in the Art Gallery – it was interesting to present a sandpit at a heavily tech-led event, and seemed to go down well. We also presented a conference paper on the project, published in a special issue of Leonardo (vol 43, issue 4). And we did an artists’ talk.

More images here, and the project was also covered here by Core77.

Glowing Pathfinder Bugs and Freq2 in Stroud

The SITE Festival, “a festival of artist led projects in stroud gloucestershire”, will be showing two of our pieces as part of a long list of interesting local, national and international artists’ work.

Glowing Pathfinder Bugs will be on show at SVA (Stroud Valley Arts), Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May.

Freq2 will be on show on the 5th June (11-6) in Union Street. You might also catch it at Bar Nine a bit later in the week.

More details at www.sitefestival.org.uk