Triangular Series

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Designer | Artist Jamie Zigelbaum
Year 2014
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Created by Jamie Zigelbaum and commissioned by Design Miami/ Basel, where the project debuted earlier this year, Triangular Series is a site-specific lighting installation composed of numerous, truncated tetrahedral forms. Each object has an unique form and senses the other and the physiological rhythms of visitors beneath them.

Created by Jamie Zigelbaum and commissioned by Design Miami/ Basel, where the project debuted earlier this year, Triangular Series is a site-specific lighting installation composed of numerous, truncated tetrahedral forms. Each object has an unique form and senses the other and the physiological rhythms of visitors beneath them.

Aliens of a sort, their respiration is a movement of light. Like the cells in our hearts and the clocks on our walls their rhythms affect each other through the process of entrainment. The result is an emergent, undesigned dance of light from the ceiling swarm and triangular projections below.

Each ‘light form’ includes a downward facing RaspberryPi noir camera with an IR led array running of an rPi. On board, software incorporates simple computer vision for blob tracking to know when someone walks directly beneath a light and their velocity. This velocity becomes a parameter in the system and effects the internal respiration setting for that light — the oscillation frequency of their brightness. When a person walks below a light it flashes warm white (from cool which is the default) and sends a radial wave of warmth through its neighbors. Bigger lights send a bigger wave, the largest covers the entire space. A slow walker will slow the respiration, fast will speed it up.