The FRACTAL FOREST is our “interactive” art/installation gallery/playspace. Founded two years ago in tribute to the great mathematician and fractal visionary Benoit Mandlebrot – we bring together many of the Bay Area’s finest new media artists in a celebration of all things artful and scientific - pARTy/SCIENCE!
Among the installations, you can expect to see..
WHAT: A giant 10′ wide X 20′ tall interactive light screen as a thousand LEDs respond to your subtlest movement or grandest gesture; bring the music to life by creating your own visual masterpiece. – Watch YouTube Video
WHO1: Benjamin James, a long-time Burning Man artist who built the Light Orchestra installation. In 1999, his Cool Neon wire “School of Fish” transformed the lightscape of Burning Man. Benjamin’s greatest pleasure in life is to transform emerging lighting technology into products that artists, performers, and home consumers can easily use. Recently, he has embraced the open hardware movement and now the tech-savvy are joining him in advancing his lighting technology. :: WEBSITE WHO2: Ka-Ping Yee is the designer and programmer behind the kinetic lighting for Marco Cochrane’s Truth is Beauty (Burning Man 2011) and Jon Sarriugarte and Kyrsten Mate’s Serpent Twins
(Burning Man 2012) :: WEBSITE
WHAT: Aurora Light Graffiti was born from a collaboration of Julian Cash, Ron Halbert and the “Aurora Light Painters” who recently performed and won several rounds on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The technique is an extension of traditional photographic light painting, but instead of using an open shutter of a still camera, it uses video to create a totally unique live interaction where everyone can see the image as it’s being created. Inexpensive light toys are used as “paint brushes” and the open space around them is the “canvas”. The artist merely moves the light and its image stays behind, seemingly frozen in mid-air when projected on a screen or even the side of a building at night like virtual graffiti. The painters can also see themselves live and moving in the video but, like phantoms, their image is not frozen.
WHO: Ron Halbert (aka VJ Electrolight) blends his diverse Technical Director experience with his love of creating video art and environmental projections. He has designed video installations and been a VJ at many Burning Man events over the past 10 years. Julian Cash has used Light Painting as a artist tool in his work as an accomplished portrait photographer. His recent book “The People of Burning Man” captures the creative spirit of the event like no other photo journal. :: WEBSITE :: FACEBOOK
WHAT: Rota Daeva (from the Video Alchemy Collective) is a computational divination device and interactive video installation with a knack for generating immersive mandalas. With the help of a hefty, yet luminous, physical interface named “OmiCron,” participants can interact with Rota Daeva as this ‘spirit of spinning light’ illuminates the Sea of Dreams . Watch Vimeo Video HERE!: And remember, use the ‘star’ button and snap a screenshot; saved images are labeled with a timestamp and uploaded to the Sea of Dreams collection on HERE on Flickr
WHO: The Video Alchemy Collective is a team of artists, engineers, healers, and performers devoted to the transmutation of interactive technology. :: WEBSITE:
WHAT: Lumisketching is the act/art of drawing on glow-in-the-dark material with a UV LED or UV laser. Lumisketcher art is the wonderful combination of phosphorescent paint and UV LED lights
WHO: Peter Rademacher and friends who work to integrate light and chemistry together in imagainative ways to create interactive art experiences.WEB: www.facebook.com/lumisketcher Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/lumisketcher
Embodied in my work is a sense of scientific realism; the elements and information of a natural system can be reduced and modulated and still exhibit characteristics of that natural system and to me this is proof that information is a true and robust representation of our universe. Clean lines, simple shapes, self-similarity on varying scales, and pure, changing color are my palette; information systems and data-sets are my subject matter. I use mathematics and engineering to formulate physical space-time distortions: displaying static images through time while squeezing and folding the images’ space into 3-dimensional layers. Using industrially prefabricated LED technology and custom firmware, I collapse space and re-map it onto the time axis. By re-displaying information in this manner I give the viewer a glimpse into space-time as seen through my eyes. It’s an automatism whereby I fold my own perception of space-time in an effort to understand what it means to exist.
And still MORE to be added…