Living Light Lab

Connecting People in Mediated Public Spaces 

Living light lab is an interactive light installation that attracts, engages and connects participants with the aim to create an stage for encounter in the urban space of London this coming autumn.

Three low-resolution displays shape a minimalistic light structure following the principle of seven digit number displays. Instead of displaying Arabic numbers this sixteen digit display intends to materialize abstract environmental data and feed it back into the built environment in the form of a physical light installation. The light strips sculpt the surrounding space and provide a series of experiences from different angles for the audience. In autumn, day light is decreasing and people are rushing through the darkness. On their way to work passers-by are less willing to engage with the light installation, whereas in the late afternoon the interactive structure awakes, flashes and tries to get in touch with passers-by.

The interactive installation behaves differently: In ‘attractor mode’ the light strips flash up randomly to attract the attention of passers-by attention as soon as they stop proximity sensors (kinect) will respond according to their movements. Following the ‘honey pot’ effect other participants will stop and the light sculpture will connect them as they will become performers on the public stage.

The basic idea for the visualizations on the installation mines and abstracts environmental data feeds – ideally in real time – concerning the local area. A first prototype will be shown during the 10th anniversary of the UCL VEIV centre at in June.