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LightScale II

THU Sept. 7, 2017, 2:00 PM-7:00 PM, 8:30 PM-10:30 PM
FRI Sept. 8, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, 5:00 PM-12:00 AM
SAT Sept. 9, 2017, 3:00 PM-6:30 PM, 8:00 PM-11:30 PM
SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 3:00 PM-11:30 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
St. Mary's Cathedral

Uwe Rieger (DE)

Like a giant whale LightScale II floats through a virtual ocean, materializing environments, events and user interactions. The installation generates a tactile data experience through 3D projections onto multi-layered gauze surfaces. The kinetic structure consists of a twenty meter carbon construction, mounted asymmetrically on a single-point support. At the visitor’s touch the construction oscillates freely through space. A motion-tracking system combined with ultrasound sensors recognizes touch, position and movement of the LightScale. A live-render program overlays the physical construction with projected place-bound and interactive digital information. The project has its roots in a design by kunst und technik (R. Hartl, M. Janekovic, U. Rieger, H. Schroeder) in Berlin in the late 90s. Equipped with latest digital spatial technologies LightScale II now advances towards a responsive navigation tool that creates haptic-digital constructions and materializes spatial narratives.

Design and concept: Uwe Rieger
Programming: Yinan Liu
Technical support: Karl Butler

With contributions and graphics from: Don Aualiitia, Louise Burling, Anne Buttle, William Challacombe-King, Jamikorn Charoenphan, Catherine Cruz, Ying Feng, Alex Goh, Zijia Ge, Michael Hori, Taryn Korent, Alexei Matene, Emilio Ocampo, Inosia Paea, Patrick Sherwood, Clement Wilson, Celine Xiang, Levi Shim
Construction: C-TECH lmtd, Auckland, NZ
Textile engineering: Structure Flex, Auckland, NZ
Textile fabrication: Nautilus Sails, Auckland, NZ

The project is supported by the University of Auckland.