The northern Light is not often seen in urban Oslo due to its southern location in Norway as well as the always present light pollution blocking the night sky. The Installation is part of a ongoing effort to create better public spaces in a neglected part of town is located in a small playground in Tøyen.
Zenisk AS asked me for some suggestions for light concepts to enter for a lighting-design competition by the commune, and the result was a aurora polaris design in the shape of two birch plywood arcs of 5 meters length built by Prototyper AS. The looped animation was made by 7minus.
The created light effect enhances the lines of the northern light as an artist interpretive to give a strong expression similar with the real thing inspired by illustrations in children’s books and lately,- the new and much noticed graphical design for the Norwegian passport by Neue. With this in mind I have the last year been experimenting with the task of creating a artificial aurora polaris effect that gives the experience where you instantly feel it in the gut that this is (almost) it.
Artificial auroras has been made numerous times before as light installations, especially in part of Asia where the northern light is considered very exotic. Mostly these lights are just blobs of strongly colored light, not distinguishable from much other lights in the ambient category. On the other hand, is very hard to capture this “textures of light” by my smartphone camera, so some excuses for my “light blobs” in the dark part of the videoclip below seems suited…
Nullohm has togheter with he craftsmen of Prototyper AS, Bolt, Apart and Hydrolift created for the artists Fredrik & Martin Raddum an impressive large piece of lighting furniture. Situated in the park and of a neighborhood with the name Haugenstua, -that if translated would be something like ” the living-room on the hill”. The measures are impressive nine meters high and four wide. And we had to used norways largest mobile crane to mount it…
Nullohm has just finished a project for the architects at Bifokal – A sound activated interactive wall!
It consists of 70 modules that reacts with movement and light when it hears sound, it gets more vivid the louder sound. The modules consists of a special made circuitboard, programmed with the Arduino programming environment. A microphone is sensing the sound in the room, and triggers events in form of light and movement. All the modules are autonomus.
It was composed a special piece of music for the wall by Ali Parandian.
The film was shot the night before the exhibition opening, with an iPhone, so the quality isnt the best..
If there is anything that will define the present style-period in architecture and design in retrospective it may not be the estetic´s, the materials or the production techniques. It want be the current political or cultural currents as single influence either. It will be the creative explosion in the usage of embedded electronics in our objects and surroundings. Not only as simple means to solve a task, but as a defining quality that leads to new shape, usage and experience that has not been seen before. The creative explosion in the use or micro-controllers like PIC and Arduino has given the creatives the tools of the professional industry, and classics will be created.
The Oslo based architects from Bifokal is thinking along the same lines as we do. So when we meet, it was natural to join our skills, knowledge and resources to create some of these visions.