Beacon

Beacon is an interactive kinetic light installation created in collaboration with designer Chris O'Shea.  

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Beacon was first shown at theLightwave 2009exhibition at theScience Galleryat Trinity College Dublin, and then on display at London’sKinetica Art Fair2009.

‘Beacon’ was a kinetic light installation with a mind of its own. An array of emergency beacon lights interacted with visitors, tracking their movement through the space, creating an immersive and playful experience.

The installation exploited a transfer of technologies from existing industrial products. The beacon lights had their internal parts replaced with custom hardware, enabling the rotation of the reflector and lamp brightness to be individually controlled. Thermal imaging cameras had been adapted to track the participants movement through the space.

Beacon was orchestrated in real-time by a bespoke control system, which used tracking information from the cameras to coordinate an interactive and highly responsive behavior.



Credits

Concept, Design and Production: Cinimod Studio and Chris O’Shea
Electrical Engineering: White Wing Logic
Thermal Imaging: Thermitrack