Faye Toogood's new interactive installation, The Conductor, makes its debut at Established & Sons as part of the London Design Festival 2013.
Visitors to the gallery will be able to watch - and control - a rhythmic symphony of light played out on a giant circuit board of zinc-plated steel, passivated to provide insulation from electrical interference. Echoing the graphic of an equaliser, 160 fluorescent bulbs, fed by a skein of wires and cables, light up in alternating currents. The circuit is completed by the audience themselves, who have the capacity to “conduct” this electrical spectacle from the centrepiece switchboard - mounted on a mesh structure, the intricate pigmented resin blocks are arrayed with scores of archaic-looking analogue toggles that operate the light orchestra.
The result is a macro-electronic display that redefines the notion of “son et lumière”.