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Site Specific: Bars and Lights in Dialogue

Site Specific: Bars and Lights in Dialogue

October 13th, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized

After chatting with Chei-Wei yesterday about how we might make the color kinetics lights and the projectors play off of each other, we got more fascinated by the possibility of a 1:1 interaction between those two elements, rather than with the observer.

Where we all lose interest in 1:1 interactions that immediately reveal their programming, if we link the lights to the projection program, there’s potential for the frenetic motion of the bars across the wall to act as a brush of sorts that activates the lights as it passes by them.

What we had in mind (and this will no doubt have changed by the time Chei-Wei and Taylor return from their latest test) was making each of the book shelves a switch for computer vision that activated bars on the projection. When a viewer approaches the shelf, bars sweep towards him/her, and while they pass through each other shelf point, they subtly adjust the color kinetics lighting, either by hue or intensity. In this way the sweeping bars direct the gaze of onlookers to the place where interaction is occurring, but in passing through other potential points of interaction, the lights reflect where involvement of the space is flowing.

There’s much to be decided upon with the positioning of each light and the sensitivity of each trigger, but the following images might give an idea of a few different scenarios with the color kinetics.

Bars increasing intensity with each sweep
As Bars pass over the wall they incrementally raise or lower the intensity of each light slowly revealing where activity is concentrated within the space. All hues are synced, and over the course of the day transition through the spectrum while maintaining the intensity levels of activity in the space.
Less gradual a change, yet registering the same levels of activity in the space, as interaction at the shelves occurs, the bars perform a hue wipe as they approach the site of interaction.
Less gradual a change, yet registering the same levels of activity in the space, as interaction at the shelves occurs, the bars perform a hue wipe as they approach the site of interaction.
Flash Ripple
Rather than approaching the site of interaction from the edges of the wall, a bright flash indicates interaction has occurred and ripples through the other lights.
Potential Siting for 6 lights - Two others are available at different form factor
Potential Siting for 6 lights – Two others are available at different form factor

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