LIVE is an interactive sound & light installation based on the cellular
automaton principle. It is inspired by The Game of Life, a cellular
automaton invented by John Conway in 1970.
of 64 halogen lights (8 x 8) is hanging from the ceiling on an aluminium
structure. 4 speakers are also fixed on the structure, just behind the
lights. The structure is about 2m x 2m.
are changing constantly by themselves according to the rules of The
Game of Life which are controlled by a computer. Patterns are created
automatically by the program. For each light also correspond a particular
sound (generated by a sound sampler in the computer) in such a way that
light patterns also create rythm patterns and variations.
sensors are located around the installation room and detect the presence
of people on a 8 x 8 matrix of regions. These regions are mapped on
the lights matrix, so there is a direct correlation between the movement
of the viewers and the state (on/off) of the lights. People can then
trigger new sound & light patterns just by moving around the room.
button" is also hanging down from the ceiling in the middle of
the room. It is possible to generate a completely new pattern of sound
& light at any moment by pressing this button.