Visual Performance – Lichtfaktor vs Optix from Jens Heinen on Vimeo.

Our friends over at have found a beautiful example of digital graffiti. The effect of making animated swirls of color using handheld lights in motion is a familiar one, but it’s fantastic to see it start to cross over to the live arena. The project is the creation of Cologne collective Lichtfaktor and (in this video) light jugglers Optix.

Light Writing Performance & Light Spraying Project

Rolin also points to a separate project with a handheld light “spray can” with a kinetic battery powered by movement.

Light painting is one thing, but given all you can do with cameras, there could be lots of interesting similar handmade visual projects out of the box. If you happen to be in the New York area this week, we certainly welcome visual projects at the Handmade Music event Thursday night – bring something to work on or try out on the spot, if you like! But a DIY visual event is most certainly needed, too. Handmade Motion, anyone?

From Kyle McDonald on comments, here’s an alternative example in Jitter by Blair Neal which “augments” the space around you with painting effects, thanks to OpenCV on Jitter via the cv.jit objects.

The Album Leaf – The Light from blair neal on Vimeo.