CL:OC Kinetic Lighting Installation: A Dance in Tubes of Light

CL:OC – A Kinetic Installation from Grosse 8 on Vimeo. G8 LABS’ CL:OC is a lighting installation shown recently in Köln, Germany. It’s a kind of moving sculpture, choreographing tubes of light as they form and dissolve the digits of the titular clock. It’s a beautifully-elegant, minimal piece, the sort that demonstrates how much can be done with simple lighting fixtures simply by treating them themselves as part of the image. Thanks to creator Gerrit for sending this in! Full description:

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Light Into Tones, in an Optoelectronic Hurdy-Gurdy With Rotating Wheels [Video, Images]

This isn’t like any Hurdy-Gurdy you’ve seen or heard before. Derek Holzer’s optoelectronic Tonewheels Hurdy-Gurdy is a combination of mechanical, optical, and electronic elements, part sculpture and part instrument. It recalls vintage mechanical and optical instruments, but with a sound that is decidedly modern and strange. In the translation, something wonderful happens: this becomes a serious punk instrument, producing surprising, hard-edged sounds. The wheels turn, and the gizmo rocks. Combining disciplines in this sort of design also means merging different skill sets, so it’s telling that input for the instrument has come from other artists, including friend-of-the-site circuit designer Eric …

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From Light and Cardboard, Digital Sculpture: 74R505

74R505 – M4kin9 0f from michaelias on Vimeo. It’s surprisingly beautiful, sometimes, this point where light meets substance. So, saying “projection mapping” suggests something other than what we really want to do, which is to sculpt with pixels. Here’s another example of that zeitgeist’s ouvre, from Austrian artists participating in the Schmiede “creative playground” last month. And the result looks like a digital bird that broke through from some virtual dimension – or, perhaps, an alien creature that will kill you in an unreleased Half Life game. (In a good way.) Via. 74R505 projection mapping on a cardboard-based sculpture. thanks …

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The Evolution of Light, Traced in Mapping Projection on Sculpture

Swiss lighting design outfit Lichtkompetenz sends a projection that tells the story of the evolution of electrified light – the story behind this site, if ever there were one. Projection-on-sculpture is becoming almost an expectation as much as novelty; here, it’s nice to see the sculptural canvas amplify the narrative. It’s not just about shining light on the structure (literally), but allowing that structure to better immerse the viewer in the story, in the content. Details: This a 3d mapping projection done by Lichtkompetenz for the 10 year anniversary. The projection shows electrical light evolution, starting from electricity generation, showing …

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“Particles” by Daito Manabe & Motoi Ishibashi: A Pixel Roller Coaster

PARTICLES / Daito MANABE & Motoi ISHIBASHI from stereolux on Vimeo. Pixels, no longer merely abstract ephemera, become kinetic sculpture in the latest interactive installation work by masters of new media Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi. The focus of the work, the creators say, is no less than the “field of vision.” In Nantes, France, at Stereolux, those pixels – in the form of LED-lit balls – take on a kind of roller-coaster ride along metal tracks, producing dazzling flashes of light in space as they roll. The effect becomes ephemeral again, and as your eyes struggle to process the …

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"Particles" by Daito Manabe & Motoi Ishibashi: A Pixel Roller Coaster

PARTICLES / Daito MANABE & Motoi ISHIBASHI from stereolux on Vimeo. Pixels, no longer merely abstract ephemera, become kinetic sculpture in the latest interactive installation work by masters of new media Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi. The focus of the work, the creators say, is no less than the “field of vision.” In Nantes, France, at Stereolux, those pixels – in the form of LED-lit balls – take on a kind of roller-coaster ride along metal tracks, producing dazzling flashes of light in space as they roll. The effect becomes ephemeral again, and as your eyes struggle to process the …

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Nature, Through a Window: Moon, Fire, Water, in Light and Engravings, by Craig Dorety

Realizing the materiality of Earth and the Moon in new forms, artist Craig Dorety is rendering natural forms in light and engravings. For the Moon, he turns to carving techniques to mirror new data about the lunar surface – and, thanks to an SF Awesome Grant, he’s got some spare change to upgrade his CNC router. It’s a beautiful example of how art can make use of data, bringing together disciplines. (Okay, there isn’t any motion here to speak of, but the relevance of the 3D imaging technology here is clear and inspiring.) Lunar Topography Carvings http://craigdorety.com/lunar_topo.html Geeking out for …

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Beats Bits Atoms: Fish Play with Cameras, Paint and Pixels and Light Become Sculpture

◥ BEATS, BITS, ATOMS from ◥ panGenerator on Vimeo. Call it post-digital, call it tangible. But whatever you call it, there’s new work that skirts boundaries between the sculptural and the virtual, integrating physical media in ways that surprise and delight. In the latest projects of Polish-based collective panGenerator, shown recently in a solo show in a renowned Warsaw gallery, techniques are interwoven in projects that take on quirky, whimsical personality. Oh yeah – and fish finally get to play with camera tracking, too, not just humans. panGenerator member Jakub Kozniewski shares with CDM, and describes the projects thusly: kinetic …

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Geo-tastic Augmented Sculptures by Jean-Michel Verbeeck; Stumbling for Words for a Meme

. / HEXASTRUCT from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo. You’ve seen work like this before, but keep watching – Jean-Michel Verbeeck’s execution is exquisite. Let me throw a phrase out there to describe this meme around projection mapping and augmented projection: Neo-Baroque Abstract Expressionism Post-minimalist Trompe L’oeil (I mean those – I’m not just turning into one of those arty bollocks generators.) At top, one of the “stacks of blocks” variety, but I also enjoy the more reason geometric superhero figure below. Details after the jump. . / INNOVATES from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo.

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Visual Music: A Waveform Made of Vinyl Records, Benga Single, Inspired by Seeing Sound

Benga’s latest video was released early last month and made the blog rounds, but it’s worth considering as we continue our ongoing thread on visual music and how sound can go from invisible to tangible. A stunning video whets fans appetite for the upcoming Benga full-length Chapter 2, constructing a wave shape in physical form as a series of vinyl records. Using some 960 hand-cut vinyl records, the track’s waveform materializes in stop motion-filmed animation. Physical as it may be, the inspiration, say the creative team, was SoundCloud. UK-based creative team Us, consisting of Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor, explain:

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