Fête des Lumières de Lyon 2012

Interactive and generative Installation.
(Video/ Sound/ Light)

The magic cube is a graphic monolith, made from a mysterious scattering and glowing matter.
Placed around, 28 bicycles are connected to the core, the graphic engine.
The speed and the stamina of the 20 riders produce a data stream, with an unique pattern, that generate the graphics, animations and sounds layers in real-time.
A 3 minutes ride to reach the level of pure energy, the white matter.

Each bicycle supply a digitized signal that is stream to the main application. Everything is done with Touch Designer :
Graphics, animation, particle and physics, shading glsl, rendering, programming, light control (dmx), sound modulation (a bridge with Ableton Live).
The main challenge was to render generative and 360° seamless graphic texture .
Bike's data flow is process individuality and as a group to modulate different generator, creating different levels of graphics, set according the main timeline.
A sequence of 240s that drive the rise of the energy until the climax. The cube becomes pure energy, lighting up the statue (Louis XIV) and a burst of fireworks to reward our riders.

Visual elements has been designed to fit the optical properties of the magic cube : light scattering, mapping, resolution, glowing....

Credit :
Concept / Set Designer : Gilbert Moity
Graphic design and programming : Xavier Gruchet (Pixelux Studio)
Sound Design : Ben Vedren

Software :
Touch Designer (Derivative).


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