“Light helps us perceive our environment. But what if light itself would start to perceive too? This installation explores this question. Here, light beams are given a sense of touch, so that they can feel the surfaces they light up. By moving around, the light beams scan their environment and respond to what they encounter. This installation is inspired by the work of psychologist J.J. Gibson, who described the inseparable link between perception and movement.”

Concept and design by Philip Ross, sound design by Joep le Blanc. This work was supported by the TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute.

Interactive Matter created the sensor system which detects visitors. The information of 40 Lidar sensors, mounted on 20 moving heads, is wirelessly send to a computer running the software to control the lights and sound.