20grad

The installation series "20grad" explores the visualization of sound in temporary spaces. Light is used as a key design element to tell abstract stories as well as to construct and deconstruct spatial atmospheres. The lighting system is lightweight and modular designed to create different sculptures and shapes for a wide range of room conditions. Each LED element is individually controllable with real-time feedback by a custom interface developed in processing.


In Collaboration with Robert Schnüll & Dirk Erdmann

AALTO

In its design, the "AALTO" setup takes up the phenomenon of light as a wave. The individual elements are arranged statically, while the light floats through the form in rhythm with the sound. The iconic spatial object consists of 28 lightning elements and is used as a backdrop in small to medium-sized event locations.

Specifications
dimensions: 100 cm x 400 cm
28 light elements
event installation – backdrop

EXIT

The setup is composed of four diagonally running groups of elements, which converge towards the center on a stroboscope in the shape of a rhombus. The lights are extended by two screens, also in the shape of a rhombus, on which live visuals are projected. The setup was used for various performances at the "EXIT" event series. The arrangement is based on the logo of the crew.

Specifications:
dimensions: 250 cm x 250 cm
24 light elements
custom-made projection screens
event installation - backdrop

METRIK

METRIK uses an abstract manner to take up the interactions of light, sound and form in correlation with processes in nature. The sculptural form reminds of luminous branches and grows through the ceiling of the room. The inconspicuous suspension favors the impression of floating light, which floods the entire room. Between chaos and order, coincidence and intention, a subtle form of meta-language are created which turns the space into an immersive dance experience.

Specifications:
dimensions: ~ 40 sq.m.
120 light elements
ceilling installation – festival, event

METRIK was shown during the Feel Festival 2018 at Bergheider See, Brandenburg

GRAVITY

Light and sound, as we usually interpret them, are elements without gravity and mass. The represented iteration "GRAVITY" adds another layer by kinetics. The elements of light, sound and mechanical movement are placed in narrative relation to each other and go beyond the expected behaviour.
The setup includes six steles, each containing four rotating and emitting light elements. Through the continual interaction of intensity, rotation and speed, in combination with sound, a unique audiovisual composition is created.

Specifications:
dimensions: 200 cm x 1000 cm
24 light elements
motors, custom made steles and mechanics
kinetics audiovisual installation – exhibition – loop (12min)

GRAVITY was exhibited during the European Media Art Festival EMAF 2019 in Felix-Nussbaum-Haus and Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

Interface & Visualization

A major problem with video content or processing sketches is that they cannot be easily transferred to larger LED installations. The created interface gets rid of this problem. By means of this program, processing sketches or video files can be imported, interpreted as well as manipulated and displayed on LED bars.

The design of the interface is based on current VJ software solutions. On the one hand, it is possible to preview the video files or a processing sketch when selected in the library. These can be placed on layers, edited as well as faded in and out. On the other hand, manipulated and mixed content can be viewed as animated clips in a preview or a preview simulation of the physical installation. Furthermore, it is possible to get a simulation of the installation output. The control is possible via the user interface as well as via common MIDI interfaces.

Credits

Since December 2017
Concept & Design: Robert Schnüll, Dirk Erdmann, Jannik Bussmann
Electronics / Mechanics / Code: Robert Schnüll
Interface / Visualization: Jannik Bussmann
Sound Design: Dirk Erdmann
Support by: Fabian Henschen, Marcel Klobeck, Bela Schöning, Frederik Ueberschär, Beat Zander