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Mapping Festival – Submergence in Geneva

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The Re-emergence of Submergence….

Fun was had installing the not inconsiderable infrastructure for Submergence at Mapping Festival in Geneva – it involved lifting 800kg of false ceiling and electronics 3m into the air. Scroll down for the stop-motion video. The launch was great fun and busy – pics below, video coming soon.

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We had great support from the festival, and also spent time with the other installation artists – Sougwen Chung, Nonotak, Sembilan Matahari and Weng Nam Yap. Mapping Festival runs until 12 May – definitely worth a visit.

More images 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 – sneak peak

EXHIBITION LAUNCH AT 1900, GALLERI ROM, MARIDALSVEIEN 3, OSLO!!

The video is a sneak peak at Submergence, Squidsoup’s new project on show at Galleri ROM, Oslo, Norway, January 17 – February 17 2013

Submergence explores immersion and interaction within volumetric light based visuals created through 8,064 individual points of light.

Submergenceis a Squidsoup project by Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Chris Bennewith, Liam Birtles and Ollie Bown

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

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.

About Ocean of Light

We are off to London to set up Ocean Of light for the Kinetica Art fair. We have been developing this project for over a year and playing with this type of media (individually controlled LEDs in space) for over a couple of years.

So where does Ocean of Light come from? Through an experimental and playful approach to creating interactive digital installations, we often found ourselves exploring where real and virtual space coexist. We had explored this through multiuser activity and shared experience of audio and visual virtual space (altzero, ghosts), then entering physical space, perceptually through stereoscopy and physically with wearable proximity sensors (come closer) also using stereoscopic cameras to analyze physical movement to navigate virtual space (driftnet,freq2).

Each project led to their own discoveries but until we started working with LEDs in space it seemed like we were making experiences and environments that a user peers into through some kind of portal, or the screen space. Working with the Nova grid (Stealth, Discontinuum) certainly took a leap out of screen space and into the real world in a more determined way. However the close proximity of the LEDs still created a screen like situation as the viewer would be forced to view the work from an external proximity.

The Ocean of Light Grid is part of the evolution of this development process, Designed on the back of all this investigation and experimentation by squidsoup Ocean of Light should enable audio/visual environments to be experienced from within.
Surface is the first artwork to be exhibited using the Ocean of Light hardware. It uses minimal visuals and sound to evoke the essence of character and movement. Autonomous entities engage in a playful dance, negotiating the material properties of a fluid surface. (Posted by Gareth)

NOVA – visuals in 3D


Three days in Zurich experimenting with NOVA, a 3D LED grid system developed by ETHZ (Swiss Institute of Technology). Very interesting to see what works and what doesn’t. These images do not do the system justice: beside being 2D representations of a 3D visual, they don’t fully convey the shimmering beauty of NOVA, especially in the dark.

The ‘Baby NOVA’ is a 10x10x10 grid; this one was at Technopark, Zurich. The large one is a 50x50x10 grid, and is publicly viewable at Zurich Central Station.

Preliminary video rushes:

More images and slideshow available here.

NOVA websites: www.nova.ethz.ch and www.horao.biz

We tried out a range of effects and ideas; mainly randomness, dynamic 3D geometry, and a combination of 2D and 3D imagery; using the 3D grid to represent 2D imagery (mainly from a webcam in these experiments), but using all of the voxels/LEDs,and focusing on a single ‘sweet-spot’. The image is surprisingly clear from one viewpoint, but abstracted from any other position.

The large NOVA at the Central Station is relatively flat, and too high up for best results, but sweet-spot visuals and 3D geometries do still work, and have an extraordinary not-quite-there effect, as though they inhabit physical space yet are not there…