LightWeight

Lightweight wingfaces in Berlin

A four metre high inflated sphere lit with intense translucent colours that cause it to glow and pulse. Hidden inside, mysterious mechanisms project video images, animations and visual effects that swarm magically around the outside of the globe.

LightWeight has been specially designed to complement twilight or evening celebrations and for use in dark spaces. The animations can be customised to tell a 360˚ story seen by spectators around the outside, and are enhanced by multi-channel music from hidden speakers. LightWeight can combine different modes to suit your event:

  • Unique: as the focus for an event – using our quirky and intriguing range of video, music and animation effects programmed in a unique and captivating presentation.
  • Interactive: our latest innovation features face recognition camera - we invite participation in a creative, playful and interactive mode, mixing people’s faces with live animations that move around the globe.
  • Bespoke: use as a creative public showcase to present video, images or sounds developed by other artists and organisations, or let us develop new material that reflects your theme.

Supported by ACE Lottery funding & the Artimelt programme.

Also see our <Silverscreen> giant translucent, flat screen version.

And our new <Codex> interactive book.

and if you're interested, this 360-degree-cinema article.

LOCATION: 
City centres, beaches, theatre stages, museums, parks...almost anywhere
KEY POINTS: 

Providing a focus to a wide range of different events, for instance

  • Illuminate York: historic films in the Minster
  • Dance on a beach: South Landing beach day of dance, video made on the day showcased that same evening
  • Wingbeats Opera: part of the staging Ilkley Literature Festival: poety and tweets
  • Dave Leicester Comedy Festival: on stage at the Curve with Arthur Smith Berlin Festival of Light
  • Berlin Festival of Lights: 12 nights in the heart of the German capital
  • Ilkley Literature Festival: twitter poems
  • Blinc: digital arts festival
CREATIVE TEAM: 
  • Chris Squire: Impossible Arts - idea and execution
  • Bryan Tweddle: artist and sculptor - structure
  • Spencer Roberts: Huddersfield University - programming and network
  • Nick Mitchell: programmer - further programming and interactivity
  • Charlott Diefenthal: Impossible Arts - idea and execution
  • Daniel Weaver: composer and performer - music and sound
  • Andrew Wicks: Media Preview - video
TECH / REQUIREMENTS / BOOKING INFO: 
  • A 4-metre diameter inflated sphere sits on a 3m diameter metal frame with three adjustable legs
  • Size: max Height 4.5m, Width 4.5m
  • Power supply: 240v supply, two 16amp sockets preferred, 13amp acceptable
  • Power drawn: A maximum of approximately 10-12amps
  • Set-up: Four hours set-up, with 90 min de-rig
  • Access: Vehicle access to the site, used as control booth

Magical and mesmerising...almost hypnotic

 

Engages audiences in a unique experience

 

Lightweight is a magical and mesmerising participatory projection installation. It is highly accessible and engages the audiences in a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience that is open to everyone.

 

A dramatic centrepiece that delighted, entertained and intrigued

 

The piece has a magnetic physical presence along with unfathomable innards...a fully contained kinetic light sphere which was able to absorb and integrate our animated film made by local children.

 

NOTEBOOK

The notebook is where we store ideas in progress - take a look!

Sat 12/04/2014

Several of our recent artworks have featured interactive technologies that let people participate directly in a creative public media experience....

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Fri 22/03/2013

When should we smile for the camera? Portraits have been one of the main subjects of photography since the earliest days of it's invention. Even...

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Fri 22/03/2013

Cinema is a pretty engaging artform, but people have been playing around with making it an even more immersive experience since the earliest days...

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Sun 23/10/2011

LightWeight is sometimes used on stage as part of a bigger, live performance. For instance it's seen here as a part of the WingBeats performance...

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Sat 23/07/2011

Based on a 1921 beach dance sequence but inspired by the low tide dancing at South Landing beach in May 2011 as part of the iMove funded '...

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