Lichtsegel, Millstättersee

Light sails are used as guiding symbols for the state exhibition around the Millstaetter Lake, Austria. The objects are abstract sails, as a “light-space-installation”. The objects are orientated to the lake. The lake Millstaetter Lake is getting a tribune out of water, because the energy of the lake is trapped, converted and reflected as light. So the sails are working as a transmitter and receiver at the same time.


Sea Organ, Zadar

Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are two public installations by architect Nikola Bašic on the coastline of Zadar, Croatia. Sea Organ consists of 35 musically tuned whistle openings facing the sea. The moving tides push air through the tubes and plays a random harmonic melody, augmenting the sound of the sea and emphasising the ambient sounds of the coast. Greeting to the Sun has sensors which store energy for a light show at night.

via:, by: Nikola Bašic

Museum of Art, Tampa

The Tampa Museum of Art commissioned digital light artist Leo Villareal to design an installation for the façade of the new museum. The exterior of the new facility features programmable light emitting diodes (LEDs), 45 feet high and 300 feet long, embedded within two-layers of perforated aluminum panels. In daylight, the museum’s façade creates a moiré-like pattern, and in darkness Villareal’s LED installation will illuminate downtown Tampa.


iRis Project, AEC Linz

By combining a recently developed mobile software application with the multimedia facade of the ARS Electronica building we intend to lower participation barriers for end users when interacting with such facades.

We developed two prototypes: in the first application, users can paint interactively on the building using touch input on the mobile device. In a second application, users are able to solve a jigsaw puzzle displayed on the facade.

iRiS (Immediate Remote Interaction System) is a joint research project from the University of Saarbrücken, Germany and University of Munich, Germany.


Review on Media Facades Festival Europe 2010

MEDIA FACADES FESTIVAL EUROPE 2010 is an urban media pilot project that interconnected seven European cities through the existing infrastructure of urban screens and media facades sited in public spaces. Artists and media designers developed site-specific art projects which transformed media facades into local stages, connecting public audiences virtually with participating places and opening a global window to create dialogue, to share dreams and exchange ideas.

MFF2010 is initiated by Public Art Lab / Berlin in cooperation with iMAL / Brussels, m-cult / Helsinki, FACT / Liverpool, Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Medialab-Prado / Madrid, Kitchen Budapest

via: Public Art Lab Berlin / Susa Pop –, MEDIA FACADES FESTIVAL EUROPE 2010 –

Shopping Center Stücki, Basel

iart developed and realised the master plan for the façade, signage, lighting and advertising spaces of the new ‘Stücki’ shopping centre in Basel.

To accentuate the architecture of Diener & Diener, the upper part of each tower is channeled into a 15-meter high LED display. These change their appearance depending on the needs of the Mall and its shops: patterns, text messages or images appear in a 17 x 17 cm pixel pitch with differently sized vertical hiatuses. In the foyer, a wall installation with backlit boxes that serves as a platform for advertisements reacts to visitors’ movements with different light intensity. This “advertising wall” can also be used for an all-over performance, e.g. at special events. A discreet “light show” animates the wall, thus heightening visitors’ awareness of the advertising messages.