‘Walk the Light’ for London Design Festival at V&A with Philips

Commissioned as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A (14 – 23 September 2012), the Museum’s Exhibition Road tunnel entrance will be transformed by a unique, interactive lighting installation.

Walk the Light is the Festival’s first bespoke lighting installation and aims to challenge how light is perceived, engaging visitors with something they often take for granted.

Lighting Designer Dominic Harris, and his team at Cinimod Studio, have collaborated with lighting experts Philips to bring this original project to life. Dominic’s chosen palette of materials is lighting, interaction design and electronics, making him the perfect choice to deliver a dynamic and memorable experience, whilst Philips’ depth and breadth of lighting has realised the scheme.

In Walk the Light visitors control this innovative lighting installation simply by how they move through the tunnel. This stunning interactive project creates a band of white light that physically follows the visitor, forming a bright line of light tracking their journey. As one person passes, the white light jumps to the next arrival. Either side of the white band, washes of strong colour are pushed and pulled along the tunnel creating an ambient lighting effect that represents the overall ebb and flow of the day's visitors. Throughout the day it is expected there will be a shift in the hue and saturation of these colours as they respond to the prevailing direction of movement of the crowds.

Using a combination of technologies, including thermal camera tracking and Philips LED lighting mounted on a moving monorail, Walk the Light demonstrates lighting design’s increasing sophistication as it playfully - and beautifully - transforms the experience of arriving at the Museum.

Dominic Harris says: “I am fascinated by light and the interaction of light, architecture and art. Responsiveness is also an essential part of all of the projects undertaken by Cinimod Studio. Walk the Light embodies all of these aspects and seeks to capture the imagination of visitors, playfully transforming their experience of arriving at the Museum by mapping the volume of traffic and converting the data into a living expression of the space.  “

Rowena Priess, Creative Director, Philips comments: “The lighting world is undergoing a huge transformation and as a result of LED, the possibilities with light to change and enhance a space are now limitless. Dominic has real vision and takes the flexibility of LED technology to new heights, truly inspiring people to see what light can do.”

Also on view at the V&A as part of the London Design Festival is Cinimod’s Ice Angel, an interactive artwork providing participants with a glimpse of themselves depicted in angelic form.

Inspired by the way children create snow angels in fresh snow, Ice Angel introduces the digital twist of being a performance portrait device that pairs the participant to their angel identity. Ice Angel will be on display in the Museum’s British Galleries, in the space previously occupied by the renowned ‘Great Bed of Ware’ currently on loan to the Ware Museum.

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