19 September 2012
I’m happy to announce I’ll be lighting up the city with two unique and innovative interactive installations:
“Thank God for the Weather” @ Nuit Blanche Ottawa
The first installation, “Thank God for the Weather” was created especially for Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 — to make a bold, accessible focal-point for the Wellington area.
The interactive piece features larger-than-life-sized projections, cast onto both sides of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre building (corners of Wellington St. and Holland Ave.)
The projection is composed of a dynamically changing sky that darkens in conjunction with the falling night. The sky fills with cartoon-like clouds that move faster or slower, depending on Ottawa’s actual real-time wind speed. Twitter messages — generated in real-time through audience interaction — fly by with the clouds. Additionally, key words from Tweets, like “beautiful” and “nuit blanche,” trigger the appearance of special animations, such as rainbows, lightning bolts, or logos from local businesses.
This captivating artwork directly reflects the local environment of Nuit Blanche both literally — by controlling the sky color and clouds from weather data — and figuratively by displaying public sentiment of the event expressed on Twitter.
Everyone is encouraged to interact with the animation through their Twitter accounts by using the hashtags #NBO12 or #NBO2012.
The installation will only be running on Saturday, September 22, staring at 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Check it out while you can!
“Color Clicker” @ Architecture Week 2012
The second installation entitled “Color Clicker” is a showcase for Architecture Week 2012, taking place September 24-30.
This interactive, “data driven” piece allows users to control the color of the building’s lighting through their smartphones.
Users click on a QR code that brings them to a simple web application where they select the lighting color they’d like to see displayed on the building.
The lighting instantly changes to the color selected. It also shows a history of the average colors selected over the event, to serve as a visual indicator of audience preference. When nobody is interacting with the piece, the previously selected colors cycle through in an animated fashion.
This dramatic, but temporary installation will only be running during the evenings of September 24-29. It can be seen at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts (302 St Patrick St.).
Enlighten yourself by illuminating an old church!
These projects are graciously supported by The Ontario Arts Council, Artengine, Wellington West BIA, Lumilux Lighting, Leviton Lighting, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Morris Home Hardware, and 120 Holland Lofts.
The official press release is available in PDF here, including Andrew’s contact info for media requests.
Nuit Blanche Ottawa: http://nuitblancheottawa.ca/
Architecture Week 2012: http://www.architecture-week.com/