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Falling Light by Troika

by Andy Polaine on March 27, 2012

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Falling Light by Troika is an installation that will be available to view at the V&A;’s British Design exhibition opening on 31st March.

50 ceiling suspended mechanical devices each incorporating a custom cut Swarovski crystal optical lens, a computer programmed motor and a white LED, comprise TROIKA’s installation ‘Falling Light’.

The white-painted metal armatures rise in syncopation by rotating cam before gravity releases them earthward, activating the LED to move away, closer to the crystal lens. The lens acts as a prism, transforming through diffraction, the LED’s white light into a rainbow myriad, in turn creating the rhythmical ebb and flow of the floor-strewn droplets.

I always like how technology plays a part in Troika’s work, but it’s as a medium, not as the content. Words don’t do it justice — Seb describes it best in this video.

The Art of Isolated Thousands

May 11, 2009

Bicycle Built for Two Thousand from Aaron on Vimeo. Information used to be scarce, held by the rich and powerful and carefully guarded. Now we have and overwhelming amount of the stuff and each leave huge trails of it wherever we go, online and offline. It is no wonder that Data Visualisation has become such […]

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November 7, 2008

AC/DC’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Train created as ASCII art in an Excel spreadsheet “smashing through the corporate firewall”. I’m having flashbacks to my schooldays with BBC Micros. Some people have too much time on their hands. (But, wait, I’m blogging it. What’s worse?) You can download the original spreadsheet and play it yourself if you […]

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Peter Polaine

October 28, 2008

Just a quick note to say if you are here because you are looking for the work of my father, Peter Polaine, the newspaper covering his portrait exhibition with Derek Chambers printed my URL by mistake. Peter’s site is over here.

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Generative Art

October 26, 2008

Nothing changes much. Re-dub courtesy of Phillip Kerman.

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An Audience of Mirrors

October 8, 2008

Audience from Chris O'Shea on Vimeo. Audience is a new installation from rAndom International, with software by Chris O’Shea, for the Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House. 64 mirrors are places in a ‘crowd’ and programmed to behave with different ‘human’ characteristics. It’s a witty reversal of the normal roles of art and […]

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Art is the tonsils of education

September 15, 2008

I interviewed the renown fantasy illustrator, John Howe, for Desktop last week. I had a great chat with him and he talked about design and art education, some of which I had to cut out due to space. The tonsils comment I couldn’t bear to leave on the surgery cutting room floor: “Art is perceived […]

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Why is so much New Media Art so shit?

September 14, 2008

I’ve been pondering this question a lot recently whilst writing my PhD stuff recently (it covers this area a lot). Fortunately the Near Future Laboratory explain why with their Top 15 criteria that define “interactive” or “new media” art. It’s worryingly spot on, which makes me suspect the writers have made a few of these […]

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Peter Polaine at The Pin Mill Studio

July 8, 2008

Christmas Dinner by Peter Polaine Quick plug for my dad, Peter Polaine, who has an exhibition of his woodcut prints on at The Pin Mill Studio in Suffolk at the moment until the 18th July. If you’ve ever wondered what Playpen’s dad sounds like, he was interviewed by Georgina Wroe on local BBC Radio today. […]

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