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Interactive Public Light Sculpture Is Controlled By Users’ Smartphones

Interactive Public Light Sculpture Is Controlled By Users’ Smartphones

'Photophore' is an art installation designed to be controlled and manipulated by passersby using their mobile devices.

Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby, PSFK Labs

Photophore is an interactive light installation built by Danish communication design office Kollision in collaboration with projection company Martin Professional and lighting designers Matja Winkelmann and Jochen Schröder. As part of Frankfurt’s biennial festival of lights, the project is projected along the Main River on a five-story building. Acting like a veil of light shielding the building, Photophore lets passersby interact with and explore the artwork by manipulating it using their own smatphone.

When curious onlookers scan a QR code mounted on the building, they are brought to a site which lets them interact with the piece. By swiping their fingers across their touch screens, the curtain-like image cast onto the building will flip and twist in real time. Photophore explores the notion of immediate interaction through its simplicity and accessibility to anyone who happens to be passing by on the street.

Watch the video below to see how people interact with the sculpture:


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