Lights On at AEC

lights on from thesystemis on Vimeo.

Architectural lighting installation at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz.

lights on is an audio visual performance created for the Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Austria, which has a facade that contains 1085 LED controllable windows. The windows’ colors are changed in realtime with music that’s broadcasted on speakers surrounding the building.

The project is an impressive example of the use of openframeworks, a c++ library developed by zachary lieberman, joel gethin lewis and damien stewart from yesyesno. Vimeo shows a number of other projects developed with this library, which is currently in a pre-release phase.

AEC Facade

On 2nd January 2009, the new Ars Electronica Centre in Linz has opened, and claims to be the stage for innovation within the life sciences:

The new Ars Electronica Center shifts new themes into the spotlight. Fields in which the most massive and controversial innovative thrust is in the process of emerging now: the so-called life sciences, a field subsuming biotechnology, genetic engineering and the neurosciences. Essential to this entire endeavor are imaging procedures that enable us to peer into domains far beyond what we’re able to see with our own eyes. In other words, this has to do with new views of humankind. Images that get under your skin because they reveal what used to be hidden deep inside us, and bring to light insights that are changing our worldview and our picture of the human being.

The building is featuring an 5100 m2 LED matrix, integrated into the glass shell and covering the entire building. The facade is highly energy efficient, with an average consumption of 10 kWh max.

The building has been designed by Treusch architecture ZT GmbH. The facade itself has been planned and designed by Multivision.