Vectorial Elevation, Readers Edition

Like I promised, this post is a tribute to some of the Vectorial Elevation designs that were produced live in Vancouver, Canada over the last few months.  The Vectorial Elevation interface is still alive and kicking, so go create your design and post a link to your work in the comments!

Virtualizations are on the left side, real world image on the right.  Here’s a time-lapse video of the Vectorial Elevation from relatively close, courtesy of the TourTechTV blog:

Alex Weisman from Salt Lake City, UT:

Nick Malczewsky from Buffalo, NY:

2Henchmen from Duluth, MN:

Boyd Design from Bridgeport, CT:

Ryan Fischer from Boston, MA:

Jim Hagan from Washington, DC (and one dedicated to Scott Buford): Design 1

Excellent creativity, everybody!  What a great experience this has been.  A huge thanks to Rafael Lozano-Hemmer for creating this bit of excellence.

Vectorial Elevation – Submit Your Designs!

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is at it again – you might remember him from posts on about a few of his installations – Pulse Park, Levels of Nothingness – and now, he’s got another massive interactive installation.  Vectorial Elevation is installed right now in Vancouver, BC…

…and on the Internet.  YOU can participate.  YOU can create a design online with Rafael’s custom setup and have your display created in real time, in real space, in the skies of Vancouver.  I did!  20 @ 10K SyncroLite units slam through the air, creating whatever it is that you decide to create.  How many of you have designed light art of this magnitude?  I can tell you that it is one of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced – and now you can all submit a design that will get played back and photographed – and that you can share with the world!

The interface is easy to use, the system emails you when it’s ready to play your design in the Vancouver air, and it makes you a little website with images of the virtual design against the real design, from several angles.  Check out my design, entitled “A Light Hug for The World“, and check out some images below:

Everybody:  go participate in this awesome event!  How can you go wrong?!  Create something you want the world to see!  You can also watch other aspiring light artists’ designs live!  If you submit a design, post a comment on this post so everyone can see your work!  If enough people post a comment (or you can contact me via the contact form if you prefer), I will make a post with a list of all of your Vectorial Elevation designs.  Leave a comment!

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Levels of Nothingness”

Do you remember Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Park installation in Madison Square Park? Rafael is back with some other very cool installation work, having finished it last weekend at the Guggenheim Museum.  The work, called Levels of Nothingness, was an inspirational piece on Kandinsky’s “Yellow Sound” essay from 1912.  From Rhizome:

Levels of Nothingness, which Lozano-Hemmer developed in collaboration with philosopher Brian Massumi, takes its inspiration from Kandinsky’s 1912 essay “Yellow Sound.” The installation generates visuals from phonetic data produced by reading philosophical texts by Kandinsky and others. (At the performance, Isabella Rosselini will kick off the readings, and audience members will be encouraged to continue). Rather than translating one kind of information into another to spell out a neatly servable metaphor–as Lozano-Hemmer did, for example, with Pulse Park, which presented Madison Square Park as a living organism by animating it with lights activated by the heart rates of passers-by–Levels of Nothingness promises to be more meditative and fuzzy, suggesting the connection between thought and feeling, or objectivity and subjectivity that the writers it featured tried to put in words. When visualization is so commonly used as a tool to clear things up, it’s encouraging to see artists using it as a way to hint at the murky and unknowable.

John Huntington sent me his article on Levels of Nothingness – thanks a lot, John!  Please check out his article, too!  The images are from John’s Picasa account:




Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Pulse Park”

Make Mag has an article about the installation going on until November 17, 2008 by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.  The installation is called “Pulse Park,” and it is the simultaneous recording and interpreting of 200 heartbeats by light.  There are articles all over about this – NY Mag wrote one that describes the process and all goings on of the exhibit, and quotes Rafael:  “It’s meant to bring everyone together, to allow people to express some sort of agency in a public space. It’s by no means medical.”

That’s awesome.  So is this:

Rafael has also done exhibits called “Pulse Room” (in Mexico) and “Pulse Front” (in Toronto).  If you check out his portfolio site, there are videos listed of all of the exhibits.  Rafael, JimOnLight wants to say that your work is much appreciated.  The video of “Pulse Room” is very, very beautiful.  This link takes you to a QT movie of it.