Tekton is an ongoing collaboration between Labmeta and DFuse exploring the materiality and temporality of light in motion. Multi-layered light-emitting objects are organised into kinetic structures that are governed by algorithmic systems. As the mechanics of the devices are rendered invisible, traces of light remain.
Tekton One Three functions as a machine that prints light in space: A strip of LEDs is put in vertical motion by a motor, while the LEDs emit sequences of light in horizontal patterns. In the relationship between these two directions of movement, between light transversing space and afterimage imprinted on the retina, various complex patterns emerge. Dots, lines and curves overlap to create traces of movement, light and dark, pattern and disorder, harmony and dissonance.
Developed as a graphics system in Touch Designer, the motor control and LED patterns are all simulated and sequenced in a Touch Designer patch and written out as presets that are sent to the machine via wifi. From there a Raspbery Pi and an Arduino unit interpret the presets and send the commands out to the Motor Servo and the LED Strips.
Photos and more info - labmeta.net/projects/tekton-one-three/
Tekton One Three:
Kinetic Light Sculpture Created by Mike Faulkner & Paul Mumford
Model by Toby Harris
Sound by Matthias Kispert
Software by Paul Mumford and Toby Harris