• 01.25.12

Installation Turns People Into Dancing Light Paintings [Video]

By the Shanghai interaction designers Super Nature

New Angles is a beautiful LED installation that turns human motion into balletic light paintings. Created by the Shanghai-based interaction designers Super Nature, it works by photographing people’s movements then dispatching them onto a quilt of 420 LED-backed prisms:


A sensor-rigged camera at the center of the prism display (see above) starts snapping pics when viewers approach. Then the photos are processed in a computer program and transmitted to the LED matrix. It’s a lot like one of those shadow boxes you always see at interactive science museums, only prettier. And when people aren’t around to trigger the sensors, it flashes beautiful pre-programmed animation.

New Angles debuted at the 2010 Shanghai International Science & Art Festival in May.


[Images via Super Nature]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.