The workshop on interactive city lighting held at the international conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI) in Paris aims at exploring the topic form various perspectives. The workshop goal is to bring together a community of researchers, designer and practitioners to better understand the capabilities, contexts of use and possibilities for user participation of this emerging technology. Selected contributions will be invited to present and share their approach with the community. The workshop aims to: identify key opportunities for new forms of interactive lighting systems in urban context, explore interaction paradigms that can be (re-) used for interactive urban lighting, and examine adequate ways of prototyping and evaluating interactive lighting systems.(more…)
The project was realized as a cooperation of the MAI and Aarhus Univeristy / PIT / CAVI with generous support trough AHL Mediafacades who were sponsoring the hardware. (more…)
This year, for the first, time the World’s most outstanding media architecture was awarded during the Media Architecture Biennale. A jury of international representatives of the field chose six winning projects from five categories based on their ability to integrate media and architecture – and the profound impact on their urban surroundings.(more…)
Exhibition and Awards: The call is open – see here for submission details. Conference: The call for papers is closed.
Building on the successful event in Vienna 2010, The Media Architecture Biennale 2012 brings together artists, academia and industry in the continued exploration of the meeting between architecture and digital media.(more…)
Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, came to an end recently. With its 60 light sculptures, which span large-scale projections to grassroots LED installations, the festival represents an important contributor to the media architecture movement. For the first time this year, the Media Architecture Institute was one of the supporters for a centerpiece installation that used a range of lighting and interactive sensor technologies to create a unique visitor experience. The installation with the title Chromapollination is an interactive light sculpture that reclaims a neglected urban space in Sydney’s Central Business District transforming it into a playful and inviting city organism. Giant glowing dandelions are sprawling from cracks in the concrete to project colour and motion onto and around passersby and festival participants. The dandelions react to their environment – passersby generate a digital wind that gently caresses the tops of the flowers. As force builds, the ‘seeds’ break off and transverse across a light ceiling.(more…)
The Oskar-von-Miller tower is used by the world-renowned Technische Universität München to obtain precise weather data and conduct meteorological research. In October 2010, a team of top architects and lighting designers were hired to develop a solution to transform the soaring tower into a signature landmark and communication tool. When the originally-planned illumination systems were unable to meet the demands and challenges presented by the Oskar-von-Miller Tower transformation, the team turned to Traxon & e:cue for a dynamic lighting solution. 25 Traxon Dot XL-3 RGB systems and 23 Traxon String RGB systems, resulting in a total of more than 5,000 pixels of light, were paired with 16 e:cue Butlers and a Lighting Control Engine (LCE) to successfully solve the visibility, precision, budgetary, and timeline challenges posed by the project.(more…)