Interactive Art

Here you will find a summary of some of our latest light art installations

 

White Forest Installation - Burning Seed Festival 2015

Atomic Elf successful received an art grant to build and install the 'White Forest' light art installation.

The White Forest itself was made from white strips hung from a large netting approx. 8m x 8m. Inside the White Forest were 5 light stations: Earth, Fire, Air (Bear), Water, and Heart. These 5 base elements were woven together into a story about the Purple Turtle. Each light station had a story of the Purple Turtle discovering that light station's particular element, and also had an interactive light that represented the element. The lights from Earth, Fire, Air and Water were all connected into the central Heart.

The Earth element light station was represented by a tree that when touched, would light up and send light into the center Heart (capacitive sensing).

The Fire element light station was represented by a log fire that when blown on, would light up and send light into the center Heart (sound sensing).

The Water element light station was represented by a box of fish food that when shaken, would light up and send light into the center Heart (motion sensing).

The Air element light station was represented by a microphone that when sung into, would light up and send light into the center Heart (sound sensing).

To read more about this interactive project, including videos, please see the full blog entry here: White Forest blog entry.

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Space Theatre - Plan B Festival 2016

The Space Theatre light art installation was originally a successful art grant recipient project for the Maitreya festival to be held in March 2016, however this festival did not go ahead. Luckily the Space Theatre was able to be displayed at the Plan B festival in October 2016.

The Space Theatre is a 3D lightwork consisting of over 2000 LEDs. It uses over 27 metres of programmable APA-102C LEDs driven by a Raspberry Pi A+, and powered by two 200W power supplies. It has 488 solder joins which were done by hand. The animation was created using a custom software developed and fine-tuned over the last 12 months by Elec-tron. This specialised software allows animation blocks to be run concurrently at fast speeds.

The animation sequence depicted the birth and death of a star at the mercy of a black hole:

The Space Theatre begins with a big bang.
From this energy a Blue Planet is born - it grows from a flicker to a brightly glowing orb.
A field of blue energy surrounds it, forming into rings.
A Black Hole slowly forms and it begins to consume the stars in its vicinity, 
its power increases until it is strong enough to draw energy from the Blue Planet.
When the Black Hole finally consumes all of the light in the galaxy,
it explodes in a flash of fiery light and this end marks the beginning.
To read more about this project, including videos, please see the full blog entry here: Space Theatre blog entry.
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T.U.R.T.L.E (Terrestrial Unifying Radio Transmitting Language Encoder
) Alien Communication Device - Burning Seed Festival 2016

The T.U.R.T.L.E Alien Communication Device was another art grant awarded project for Burning Seed Festival 2016 - unfortunately this festival could not go ahead however the installation was displayed at the Plan B festival instead.

Inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the T.U.R.T.L.E transforms sound into a visual light display. The idea is that participants can 'play' the lights, and communicate without speaking simply by playing music and highlighting words on the board.

The way it works is that an electronic piano keyboard acts as the control centre - each key is mapped to a large display panel that is divided into sections, as well as to ancillary lights and lasers. When the keyboard is played, sections of the display light up, and the additional lights turn on and run through different sequences depending on the notes played. 

Each section of the large display has lights behind it, as well as a word written on it in whiteboard marker – these words can be changed to mix things up!

T.U.R.T.L.E (Terrestrial Unifying Radio Transmitting Language Encoder) Alien Communication Device

T.U.R.T.L.E (Terrestrial Unifying Radio Transmitting Language Encoder) Alien Communication Device