For all the growth of three-dimensional mapping techniques, the surfaces are often (quite literally) dull. In Prismatica, an installation piece, the material is part of what makes the work so beautiful. Color and geometric form drip through the crystals like liquid, in a work that revolves like a modern, digital mandala, a kaleidoscopic meditation.

The artist, Melbourne, Australia-based Kit Webster, sends this work this way, and writes:

Prismatica consists of an arrangement of pyramid-shaped crystals affixed to an LCD screen and illuminated with programmed geometric animation. The animated patterns are precisely mapped to the vertices of the crystals, illuminating them individually and in formation. The animations are further refracted through the geometry of the crystals in accordance with the shifting perspective of the observer, which in turn alters the way the illuminations appear and interact with reflections of surrounding lights within the space.
This piece acts as an extension of the visual and perceptual experimentations of my immersive installations.

Soundtrack, of course, is the wonderful Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto collaboration, “Insen”


It’s also nice seeing this early sketch, via Kit’s Vimeo:

  • Freesoulvw

    Love that “sharp” drum beat that fits perfect in the diamond theme. The beat sounded familiar and by the time I finished the word diamond in this sentence it hit me. SunVox,or Pixitracker! It also could be any number of other tracker software(I am not very knowledgeable in the tracker scene) but I know I’ve personally made similar drum beats using “nightradio” apps….SunVox and Pixitracker,the two “tracker programs” I have spent time in…nonetheless,a great video,great song.

  • a clever idea, extremely well executed, with beautiful results.  (and the video document ain’t half-bad either).    thanks for sharing