The “Collection of Light” by humans since 1982 is probably the best lamp I’ve seen in a while. It is simply a collection of LEDs which together constitute a lamp in itself. They wanted to create an aura of a real collection (similar to a collection of insects) and expose each illuminant as a worthy industrial product. The LEDs are all labeled (with name, size and colour temperature) and arranged in a specific order to accomplish harmonic light.
I want one!
found at designboom weblog
“A Study Of Time” isn’t the latest project by rAndom International but it’s one of my favorite. It is actually based on the scenography that they did for the contemporary dance piece FAR by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. The installation takes light, it’s presence and it’s absence, as a medium for the representation of time. A vividly illuminated autonomous algorithm magically reveals the time of the day, re-imagining the principle of telling time from falling shadows as a contemporary light installation.
“Variations on Pi” is a limited edition of 50 unique light paintings made by Nils Völker. They’re actually long exposure photos of a machine equipped with 16 LEDs. The movement of the machine was defined by different ranges of consecutive decimal places of the number pi. All together 3861 decimal places were used to create the whole edition.
Here’s a making of video:
Today, rAndom International presents their latest work “Swarm Light” at Design Miami/Art Basel. It’s an experimental light installation with a real‚ collective consciousness that subtly reacts to the viewer’s audible presence. The viewers‘ presence creates a soundscape that directly alters the behaviour of the entire environment surrounding ‘Swarm Light‘. Human presence brings a basic form of artificial intelligence to life.
The Daylight Entrance by Daniel Rybakken is all about the illusion of daylight. It’s an light installation in the entrance and staircase of an office building. Both don’t have any natural light, but these panels give you the positive sensation of sunlight. The back of the panels were hollowed by CNC-milling and then backlit with a lot of LED’s.
You might also want to have a look at his “Subconscious Effect of Daylight” sidetable.
found at yatzer
Mimosa is an interactive artwork displaying behavior that mimics responsive plant systems.The piece was inspired by the Mimosa family of plants, which change kinetically to suit their environmental conditions.
The studio has used the slim form of individual OLEDs to create delicate light petals, forming flowers, which open and close in response to visitors.
Watch this video:
found at dezeen
The installation is a sound-reactive media installation that plays with the light emitted by spatially arranged light sources. Where a commonly flat arrangement of LEDs would be conceived as a display with a resolution too low to establish image, text or pattern, Amplitude is actually home to a large number of individually controlled light sources on a y-axis. The introduction of a third dimension to the traditional concept of a display turns the piece into a vivid part of the space and emphasises the fact that the piece is a light installation rather than a display; the algorithm controlling the emittance of light creates a living organism that can be detected in the shadows that the installation casts on itself.
Flyfire is project initiated by the SENSEable City Laboratory in collaboration with ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory), both departments of the MIT. The goal is to transform any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment. Its first implemetation is a display system using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each of them acts as smart pixel by using LED’s. Their position in 3D space and their color can be defined in real time, together they’re canvas able to display any kind of 2D imagery.