Cave inside the body of shadows
For this project, Artist Vincent Ruijters wanted to create a kinetic light installation that played with images, shadows, and reflections to simultaneously express multiple facets of the object's identities. The installation consists of a rotating light source that shines a narrow beam of light onto several objects. The objects are made so that they will cast a reflection and shadow that differ from each other, showing two aspects of someone's personality.
The installation during the exhibition
Close-up of one of the objects
For this installation, the technical challenge was to design the light source. It had to rotate slowly in a controlled manner and be dimmable. The most significant challenge, however, was to create a light source that would cast very sharp shadows. The solution was to use a single, very bright 6mm LED as a point source. The rotation was achieved using a DMX-controlled rotator. A special control box was made to handle the direction and intensity of the light. The firmware was then designed in such a way that it could be easily configured at the exhibition location.
Within this project, I was responsible for all electronics hardware and firmware. I also assisted Vincent with the light source experiments.
Video of the installation
Photograpy by Naoki Takehisa and Yulia Skogoreva
Video by Hirofumi Seto