Twilight @ The Zune space – interactive illuminated chandelier

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Twilight @ The Zune space – interactive illuminated chandelier

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Waldemeyer is one of my favorite makers on the planet, he’s latest work is an interactive illuminated chandelier for Microsoft’s Zune space in LA.

Waldemeyer’s latest project, Twilight, will be exhibited in the entrance of the new Zune space in Los Angeles, from May 2008. Commissioned by Microsoft’s entertainment brand Zune, the interactive chandelier illuminates the exclusive Zune-to-Zune sharing function that sets Zune apart from the rest by enabling users to share their music with the chandelier itself.

The room has been specifically designed as a haven for Zune users to make full use of Zune’s social functions that allows spontaneous sharing of full-length sample tracks, playlists or pictures with other Zune users. The Twilight chandelier brings this function to an exciting new level: the Zune users in the room can send a song to the chandelier and watch as thousands of integrated lights react to the music, sending waves of light up and down the internal space in time to the beat. The installation is constructed of 15 sheets of organza fabric suspended from the ceiling to form a 3m by 3m cube. LED’s have been stitched into the fabric, creating illuminated silhouettes within each square to comprise an internal shape that evokes a conventional lamp-stand or natural tulip-esque form. The striking layering is best appreciated at daylight, when the fabric’s ephemeral qualities are exploited. As the eye moves up the chandelier, the lights appear to dissolve into mist as another layer of fabric masks each LED silhouette. The effect is of gazing into a fog, bringing a hint of Dickensian London to the blue skies of LA. At night, the installation transforms into a dazzling lightshow, with subtle interplay between LED and fabric as the light traces its weave.

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