Light and Sound

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Light and sound are intimately related, this is why this week we choose to present you our selection of 5 art installations that explore and expose the bond between Light and Sound.

It’s a balade throught different audio-visual universes, with a common purpose of experimental aesthetic and quest of exploring new territories, new sensory experiences, with new technologies.
This is our Journey, to you.

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FREQUENCIES (LIGHT QUANTA)

100 aleatoric sound and light fragments generating tridimensional patterns by superimposing 100 transparent laser cut acrylic panels. Taking the quantum —the smallest measurable value of energy— as his conceptual basis, the whole explore the metaphorical relationships between basic quantum physics principles applied to the audiovisual creative process: particles, probabilities, wave/particle duality and discontinuity. Structured around these notions, the audio-visual composition stems from 100 sound and light fragments that develop themselves organically, generating an ever expending but yet disruptive form in time and space.

See more of Nicolas Bernier’s work here.

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Future Ruins

The garden has always been a space where actual and imaginary stories collide: a place of random or secret encounters, where fantasmagoria arises at night. The garden is also a gateway to multiple temporalities and living entities, where young and old humans interact with each other, under the look of centuries-old trees which remind us the quiet flow of time. A small mirror in which the world reflects.
Future Ruins is a site-specific installation designed for the garden of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, which combines digital projection on the main facade of the museum with 12 illuminated aluminium structures in the shape of architectural elements from the building at scale 1:1, spread on the ground in a random order. The installation also features an 8-channel soundtrack.
Both technological objects and from neoclassical inspiration, these structures are some potential remains of our world, suspended in time.
They collapsed, but they still light up the night.

See more of Romain Tardy’s work here.

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Ryoji Ikeda : the planck universe [micro] / 2015

See more of Ryoji Ikeda’s work here.

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Cumulus

Cumulus is an interactive installation that reacts to sound with light. The cell like structure is meant to create behaviors that mimic the deliberate yet erratic behavior of lightning. Overall the piece is much lighter than the overall volume it occupies. Much like sponge the structure relies on redundancies and connections that cannot be achieved from a grid, giving it a soft cloud like shape. The irregularity of the network like structure imbues the piece with a playful personality as it reacts in unpredictable ways to environmental sound. Various behaviors were programmed including a trail that cycles through the structure, waves, and pulses, each responding to the amplitude and various ranges of surrounding sound. Each time sound in the space reaches a certain volume the piece activates. The most interesting behavior was similar to our initial intent, lightning. This behavior seeks a path through one of the next connecting segments. The duration of the path is dictated by the volume of the sound that activates it. This simple algorithm creates a wide range of effects from long lightning like strands created through sporadic low frequency sounds to a staticky chatter when people are talking underneath it.
The interactivity is achieved through a series of physical and digital systems working together. The structure is made of over 200 acrylic segments connected with over 100 unique 3D printed joints. Inside of the structure is a network of individually addressable LED strands. Overall 70 meters of LEDs were used to activate the whole structure. The various behaviors and reactions to sound were programmed using Processing. We built a UI using Proceesing to analysis the sound, activate the various behaviors, and communicate with 3 Arduino microcontrollers that then dispersed signals activating the particular LEDs that corresponded with each segment.

See more of Soft Lab’s work here.

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Homogenizing and Transforming World

The internet has spread through out the world. Individuals are connected to closely related people and information spreads back and forth freely between them. People act as the intermediary for the information and in an instant the information spreads and the world unifies. All individuals can freely and simply transmit information, the individual acts as an intermediary that transmits the information to the world, transforming it an instant.
When the spheres are touched by a visitor or when they bump into an object, the color of the light they emit changes, and they emit a musical tone unique to their new color. They can also resonate with the other spheres to emit the same colors and sounds, forming chain reactions with the spheres around them.

See more of Team Lab’s work here.