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London Built Installation Set For Burning Man

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12 August 2014

THIS year’s famous Burning Man festival will feature a visionary, thought provoking and spectacular Installation piece created by a young London- based creative team.

Luz 2.0 by Red Deer, is an ethereal acrylic pyramid that houses a kaleidoscope of light and sound and uses human movement to create an ever changing world of colours, patterns and music. This interactive installation and sensory experience will be displayed in the famous Nevada festival from the 25th August-1st September 2014.

Luz 2.0 was created by Red Deer architectural practice, a young collaborative team made up of Lionel Real de Azua, Lucas Tizard and partner Ciaran O’Brien, who teamed up with engineers StructureMode and lighting designer Charles Matz of NYIT especially for the installation. Responsible for some of London’s most exciting design projects, Red Deer fuses Architecture, Arts and Wonder, and, having raised over 12K through Kickstarter to complete the installation and transport it to the desert, this latest project is their most ambitious to date.

As the name suggests, Luz is the celebration of light, and the sculpture looks to explore the inherent power of the environment. A recipient of a Burning Man honorarium grant, Luz 2.0 plays with refractions using graphics angles, while expressing the sun’s contrasting qualities (of being at once mundane and extraordinary) through the sculpture changes in light and sound are triggers through interaction with the piece.

Participants can interact with the installation through pressure sensitive pads within the patterned floor. We created a robust proprietary pressure sensor that can detect a change in pressure on the surface of the patterned floor. These changes send signals to a central hub, which distributes the message to the corresponding LED canon.

The LED canon then changes the colour and intensity of its light accordingly, which reveals new patterns in the floor. The changes in pressure are created when people move around the patterned floor. In this way the participant directly controls their experience of Lûz.

As more pressure sensitive pads are activated – signaling that there are more people interacting with Lûz – the lighting symphonies become increasingly complex. This means that a lone individual can explore the changing lights and patterns playfully at their leisure, or a group can experience it unanimously in a more guided orchestrated experience.

When Lûz is not engaged through the pressure sensors, a ‘passive’ mode is activated. This consists of preprogrammed light sequences which arouse curiosity in potential participants. A sense of discovery, interaction and stimulation rewards participants who explore the structure. As a result of our approach, interaction between Lûz and its visitors flows naturally and intuitively, even though there are complex technological systems at work behind the scenes. The
ultimate result is a powerful reinterpretation of the basic principles of physics at play in our every day lives.

For more information go to http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_honor.html


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