Geometric Masculinity: A 2.3m tall lightning ball!

Mads Hobye

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  • Summary

    A geometric 2.3m tall glowing ball to be placed in the pyramid. It will be reactive-interactive with white glowing light. It will dominate the room and go from black to lightning chaos.

    Full description of concept

    We want to make a large scale Icosahedron ball out of light rods. The ball will be 2.3m tall and be able to be controlled through eight DMX channels. The piece will be an archetype of a geometric construction. Our intention is to create something that can fill the Pyramid space with light. Each of the 30 rods will have 20w of led light = 600w led light. Thus, creating a large glowing structure.

    Our creative intention with this project is to create as much light as possible on a budget. Installations in this scale usually cost tens of thousands of DKK. By using standard components from China we intend to cut the price and be able to get the most bang for the bucks. Further, the prefabricated aluminum rods with light will cut down our need for production time tremendously.

    A key component for this art installation is the connectors between the rods. We plan to use laser cut Strawbees Mega which are designed by a co borderling (Olle Bjerkäs). Our plan is to design the connectors so the whole structure can be disassembled and used again to other events.

    About the group/Artist

    The project is initiated by Illutron Collaborative Interactive Art Studio

    Team and plan

    The ball will be constructed out of prefabricated led aluminum frames. To connect the aluminum frames there will be used mega strawberries that will be fabricated at Fablab RUC. The project will be constructed by core members of illutron interactive art collective.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    There will be a lot of zip-tie cutting. It will be collected during the build process. The installation does not shed MOOP during the event. After the event, we will mostly have to clean up after MOOP that participants have made. We will have a MOOP line and go through the area of the installation.

    Budget overview

    We will need to order the lights from China. The cheapest lights we can use costs 1600 for 32 1.2m light rods. The most expensive 5000. Further, we will need a light controller and a sound system (2-3k). If we get granted more money then we will make multiple structures in the pyramid. We plan to move on with the project regardless of the amount of funding - the size of the installation, thus depends on participatory funding.

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    The piece is intended to be a work in progress artwork where different interactive patterns will be uploaded during the festival in an ongoing dialogue with other artworks in the pyramid and the participant's responses to it.

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.



    • Do you need electricity from the grid? Yes, I will coordinate directly with Nicolas

    • Will there be light? Yes LOTS of IT!

    • Will anything burn? No :(

    • What is your audio footprint? We might add speakers to it to create ligthning sound effects. The sound will be adjustable depending on what works in the surroundings.

    • Forces of nature The light rods are not water resistant, hence the need to place it inside the pyramid. The wind will not be a problem. The construction will be placed on the ground, thus, it will not fall down.

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