First documentation of my performance at sight & sound
The LED's high flicker rate (1 to 85hz) interferes with the camera's shutterspeed, so it looks a little weird on video sometimes!
Lightscape is the latest work in my Citadels series, where I research the unique qualities of flickering light. This project is strongly inspired by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville’s Dream Machine, the first artwork that realized the potential of flickering light. Lightscape is a window to a virtual world, visualizing an abstract universe composed only of light and sound.
The aim of this virtual universe is to explore the borders of our sensory hardware. While the eye tries to make sense of the sensory overload, a dazzling display of highly detailed patterns, fractals and geometry is rendered inside the retina and fed to the brain. These curious phenomena you see are created by the eye itself, induced by the installation. This effect is something that is impossible to capture on video or in text, it can only be experienced in real life.
I intensly researched all kinds of colour combinations, patterns, rhytms, frequencies, micro-oscillations and intensity changes to discover the visual effects that are the most spectacular. Flickering colour is a very powerful and can create intricate never seen before visuals.
During the performance I play a live composition, playing the machine like an audiovisual instrument, rendering live visuals inside the retinas of the audience.