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Leeds Light Night

Aeolian Light, Salford Quays. Commissioned by Quays Culture

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!!

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Commissioned by Leeds Dock, inspired by an original commission by Quays Culture.

The Eye, Bristol – more

The pop-up exhibition at The Eye in bristol is going well. Weekends have been a smorgasbord of families and kids exploring the social and tactile aspects of the piece, whereas during the week it has been attracting passersby and visitors from afar for a more contemplative experience.

Submergence at The Eye, Glass Wharf, Bristol BS2 0DW

(near Bristol Temple Meads station, over the footbride from Creative Common)

Open Tue-Fri 12.00-14.00 & 17.00-21.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-21.00 UNTIL SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER

More info: http://www.watershed.co.uk/submergence/

Press coverage includes Design Week, Creative Boom, Unfolded Magazine, the BBC , Western Morning News, and a feature in Installation Magazine… and more to come

Photos: Paul Blakemore




More pictures here and here



Core77 Design Awards Notable Honoree

Hey – we’ve just been told that our Submergence project has been awarded as a ‘Professional Notable Honoree’ in this year’s CORE77 Design Awards, in the Interiors and Exhibitions category. Thanks for the recognition folks!

The quirky announcement is online here – go ten minutes in for our moment in the spotlight…




First trials for new immersive Ocean of Light 3D LED grid


Preliminary hardware trials for a new walkthrough programmable LED cube/grid – next generation Ocean of Light.

More images here

Scopitone images

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We had a lot of fun at Scopitone. Kid Koala was fantastic, Murcof/AntiVJ on Wednesday also excellent.

A very interesting selection of light-based installations too – AntiVJ (3Destruct), Plane-Scape, Visual System, Hiroaki Umeda and Kit Webster’s Enigmatica in addition to our own Glowing Pathfinder Bugs and Scapes.

Scapes – images from Tenderpixel gallery

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Scapes is on show at TENDERPIXEL GALLERY, 10 CECIL COURT, LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON until 5 MARCH 2011 – please do go and see it. Details and opening times HERE

Scapes is a dynamic and responsive light sculpture in five movements by digital arts group Squidsoup. Each movement is a different take on the combination of realtime sound analysis with volumetric visualisations – creating visuals that occupy physical 3D space purely out of sound. Slow moving dynamic light sculptures evolve from Alexander Rishaug‘s mesmerising ambient soundscapes to evoke an abstract world where time has no meaning.

Promo video here: vimeo.com/15400810 Documentary video coming soon.

More information here: www.tenderpixel.com/squidsoup.html

Selected coverage:
Design Week ::  GlobalNewsBox ::  WhatWhereWhen ::  Aesthetica

Mohr video of Ocean of Light…

Fabian Mohr
of Zeit Online posted a quite flattering video about Ocean of Light at the Ars Electronica Festival. He documented a lot of work actually – see HERE for more Ars Electronica Festival 2010 projects recorded by him.

ARS ELECTRONICA and other upcoming events

We will be heading out to Linz, Austria, soon to set up Ocean of Light for this year’s Ars Electronica Festival. After the festival, the project will be moved to the Ars Electronica Centre, where it will be shown in the main gallery until the new year. More info here.

Ars Electronica Festival (2-7 September)
Ars Electronica Centre (16 September to January 9th 2011)

Additionally, we are showing Glowing Pathfinder Bugs in Paris at Le Cube (22 September – 3 October), and in New Zealand at New Dowse Gallery, Wellington (6 Nov 2010 – 30 Jan 2011) – more details here.


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.

Pest Control

Pest Control got’em going at Glastonbury last week. More images here.  Some of the subtleties were missed in the frenetic nighttime of Shangri-La, people generally opted for splatting the bugs rather than nurturing or controlling them, but revellers were intrigued, and certainly seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

Next outing is the Secret Garden Party, in Cambridgeshire (UK) and there is more in the pipeline.

We have also collected our main project videos into a Vimeo channel – see vimeo.com/channels/squidsoup