"Amodal Suspension", 2003
Relational Architecture 8
outdoor public installation
twenty 7kW robotic searchlights, eight webcams, projectors, Linux servers, GPS and 3D DMX Java interface
dimensions variable (visibility within a 15 km radius)

Installation view at Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s public installation, "Amodal Suspension", was created to commemorate the opening of Japan’s Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media in 2003. Designed as a large-scale interactive installation, the public could use the website amodal.net to send short text messages to each other using a cell phone or web browser, however, rather than being sent directly, the messages were encoded as unique sequences of flashes with 20 robotically-controlled searchlights, turning the sky around Yamaguchi into a giant communication switchboard. Inspired in part by the Tanabata tradition of hanging wishes on bamboo, the project received over 400,000 unique visitors from 94 countries.

Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.

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