Arboreal lightning with Atmos Studio
Arboreal Lightning is an interactive installation for exhibitions and performances that transforms sound and gesture into an immersive luminous environment. I worked in collaboration with Atmos Studio to help to build the tree.
A lightweight central structure bundles together a series of LED-strip fibres that burst from the stage & soar above the performers, luminously reacting to sounds and gestures. The ‘branches’ arch along the Roundhouse structure, a few bowing down into the audience – rewarding participatory interaction.
Arboreal Lightning was commissioned from Atmos by Imogen Heap as the centrepiece for Reverb 2014, and has grown to be resident centrepiece for the Roundhouse’s Summer Sessions.
A very exciting project to work on as it gathered two of my passions: light & music.
Arctic circle - typography
Some examples of street typography found in the Lofoten Islands. It’s with no surprise that I found only sans serif type in such a northern country.
We always speak about aurora borealis and it’s probably a bit unfair not to mention the daylight which is incredible as well. During the period of the midnight sun (june-july), the light gets a special colour. Between 6pm and 3am, it varies between white and yellow with the sun beams going between the top of the mountains.
The whole economy of the Lofoten islands relies on local and independent fishing activities. From January to March the skrei (cod fishery) migrates to the Lofoten. 30% of the skrei dry during 2-3 month to become stockfish, mainly for exportation. The head is separated from the body and is sold to Nigeria. 80 to 90% of the bodies are send to Italy. Drying flakes covered by fish become part of the landscape.
Just coming back from a mind blowing trip in the Arctic circle in the Lofoten Island; travelling is definitely an amazing source of inspiration! I am preparing a few posts to share with you the amazing landscapes and light they have, as well as northern typography of course!
Great news from the French library where I did my installation back in October (see the project here). The ephemeral installation which was supposed to stay only for two weeks is still on. They liked it so much that they asked me to work on a new project with them.
I have been commissioned to do the environmental graphics of their major event “Tout Mulhouse Lit”. This event which takes place between October and November attract each year several thousand of people.
I am really excited and happy to work with them on this project. More news coming soon!
Nick Bell Design - Auction Fourteen
Auction Fourteen is a fundraising event for the University of Lincoln BA (Hons) Graphic Design end of year show. They have contacted Nick Bell Design to ask us to participate to their fundraising by designing a postcard on a piece of paper they provided.
Our card entitled “Dopamine” has been laser cut to the finest holes possible today: 0.75mm.
Redhouse with Nick Bell Design
The Redhouse is a new arts complex in Wales. Emerging in an environment which has suffered years of economic decline, Redhouse will become a catalyst for cultural regeneration.
Nick Bell Design has been commissioned to design a permanent exhibition which traces the history of the area through a series of pannels incorporating text, image, sound and video. The panels installed on rails allow a great flexibility as they can be easily changed.
While I was working at Nick Bell Design, I assisted David Sudlow on the latest stages of this project.
Par où la terre finit, Yves Bonnefoy