Atsara / [M]ondes / image by David Houncheringer

PROJECT Festival of Trees and Lights (Festival Arbres et Lumières)
LOCATION Geneva, Switzerland
ARTISTS Thierry Metral, Allegory, Geraud Periole, Jérôme Hutin, Alexandre Hurzeler, Tilt, Katharina Hohmann, Anaïde Davoudlarian & Grégory Burnisholz, Ron Haselden, Atsara, Simona Braga, Sara De Gouy, Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille
DURATION 26 November 2010 – 2 January 2011

Taking advantage of the longer hours of darkness over the Christmas period, Geneva’s Festival of Trees and Lights invites diverse European artists to contribute temporary installations for the city’s streetscapes. The artworks this year varied from the eerie, suspended [M]ondes by Atsara, to the playful Pacman figures by Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille, installed on a string of existing lights.

Pac’ / Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille

Thierry Metral / Réminiscence / image by David Houncheringer

Jérôme Hutin / Les Vénérables  / image by David Houncheringer

via Lost at E-Minor

Kyle Mclean is an award winning artist, programmer, interaction designer and facilitator whose projects have spanned the globe and engaged a range of audiences from at risk youth to Fortune 500 companies.

In 2002 Kyle co-founded Everyone is Happy Productions, a dynamic multidisciplinary arts company providing mappings between existing and emerging technologies, arts workers and communities. They have developed ground breaking software tools and a design approach that allows for the growing digital realm to become ever more entwined with our own in both art and commerce. Using projection and other technologies Kyle has created a unique portfolio of projects where objects, people and architecture all become a canvas for digitally augmented expression.

Kyle’s current focus areas include producing temporal and semi permanent media installations, and the ease with which these installations take form lends his practice to a range of possibilities for site-specific artwork. He recently demonstrated the Rapid Projection Mapping at a Pecha Kucha event, and brought an old sculpture to life at the opening of The Edge Digital Culture Centre at Brisbane’s South Bank.

For more information see Everyone is Happy Productions

Laser Tag / Rotterdam, 2007

Theodore Watson is an artist, designer and experimenter whose work is born out of the curiosity and excitement of designing experiences that come alive and invite people to play. His strong collaborative practice brings together artists, technicians, curators and users themselves to produce successful artworks, both in galleries and in the public realm.

The Laser Tag project, in collaboration with the Graffiti Research Lab, saw the side of a large office building in Rotterdam transformed into a canvas for urban expression.

For the groundbreaking of Amsterdam’s Film Museum, Watson worked with artist and designer Emily Gobeille to develop an augmented projection that dynamically unveiled a five meter long sand sculpture of the future building.

Together with Emily Gobeille, Watson has produced a range of artworks with full-body interaction. Funky Forest, an immersive interactive ecosystem for young children, is currently showing at the Singapore Art Museum until July 18th. A special four seasons edition of Funky Forest is permanently installed at Moomah children’s cafe in New York City. Gobeille and Watson have also worked together on a recent interactive magazine cover for Boards Magazine.

Watson constantly experiments with and deploys technology to achieve new creative outcomes, and along the way creates tools for artistic expression which he shares with the wider community. OpenFrameworks, developed with Zachary Lieberman and Arturo Castro, is an open source library for interactive artists and designers for writing creative code in C++.

Theodore Watson works between the United States and Netherlands. His work has been shown at MoMA, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, The Sundance Film Festival, Res Fest, REMF, Cinekid, Montevideo, OFFF, SHIFT, ICHIM, The Creators Series, Deitch Projects, Eyebeam, Pixel Gallery, Museum N8 Amsterdam. In 2010 his Eyewriter project, an eye controlled drawing tool, won the Future Everything award and the Design of The Year award for the interactive category.

Augmented Sculpture / Amsterdam Film Museum, 2009

Funky Forest / Singapore Art Museum, 2010

Vivid Sydney 2010 / Laurie Anderson’s ‘Lighting the Sails’ / Artist Impression

EVENT Vivid Sydney
LOCATION Sydney, Australia
CURATOR Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson
27 May – 21 June, 2010

Vivid Sydney opened last week with a signature show of artist-designed projections lighting up the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

This is the second annual Vivid Sydney and features Vivid Live at Sydney Opera House co-curated by legendary US rock musician Lou Reed and internationally acclaimed performance artist Laurie Anderson as well large scale light installations and projections; music performances and creative forums.

Last year’s inaugural event / Vivid Sydney 2009 / Brian Eno’s ‘Lighting the Sails’ / photographer David Clare

Canon Neoreal 2010

20 April, 2010

PROJECT Canon Neoreal 2010
LOCATION Milan Design Week, Italy
ARTIST Kyota Takahashi
ARCHITECT Akihisa Hirata
ARTWORK Prism Liquid

Canon have put their newest technology into the hands of artist Kyota Takahashi and architect Akihisa Hirata, and the collaboration has given life to Prism Liquid, a captivating installation for Milan Design Week. This is the third annual display in Canon’s Neoreal series, each of which leverages the collaboration between an architect and artist or designer, as well as the most up-to-date imaging tools.

Prism Liquid is a spiraling geometric architectural structure, which provides a myriad of planes for the projection of high definition video. The form is illuminated through a complex system of projectors, appearing to transform from within, a constantly morphing presence in the installation space.

The folks at designboom have documented the process, while more images and video can be viewed at Canon.

Those interested in similar works should see the augmented sculpture of Lichtfront & Grosse8 and Pablo Valbuena.

Images courtesy of Canon

Cloud over London

25 November, 2009

PROJECT Cloud over London
DESIGN TEAM Carlo Ratti, Tomas Saraceno, Alex Haw, Joerg Schleich, Arup Engineering Group, Agence Ter Landscape Architects, Google
ADVISORS Umberto Eco, Antoni Muntadas
YEAR Planned for Olympics 2012

A team of leading architects and engineers has just unveiled designs for The Cloud – a landmark structure to commemorate London’s role as host of the 2012 Olympics. The lightweight transparent tower, composed of a “cloud” of inflatable, light-emitting spheres, would create a spatial, three-dimensional display in the skies of London, fed by real time information from all over the world.

Read more:
World Architecture News | Architects and engineers develop energy producing ‘Cloud’ to celebrate 2012 Olympics