Finally, I bring you the last in a four-part series exploring the LED light-infused genius of Brooklyn-based interactive environment wizards, The Principals. First we explored Hammertone and Cosmic Quilt, and yesterday I debuted the Botox trilogy with a blog about BotoxLamp, a freestanding LED fixture capable of sensing and reacting to human presence, light and shadow. Today, we’ll look at the other two pieces in the Botox family, BotoxCloud, and BotoxUtopia.
BotoxCloud was presented in Berlin at DAS weekend and Transmediale 2011. While BotoxLamp employs plasma cut aluminum, BotoxCloud was constructed entirely out of paper cut and folded into geometric, futuristic shapes and configured into an amorphous, cloudlike shape on the ceiling. The whole thing reminds me of complex paper planes or of the snowflakes we all cut out of paper as children, except way bigger and 3-dimensional. Like BotoxLamp, BotoxCloud uses a system of infrared sensors and networked LED strips detect human proximity and react to it, casting an endlessly unique display of light and shadow onto the surrounding walls.
And the final installment of Botox-mania is BotoxUtopia, which was unveiled at Scuola di Architettura e Società (a design festival in Milan, Italy) and made in collaboration with 20 international students at the Politecnico di Milano and Zirkumflex Gallery. Instead of metal or paper, this 10’ X 26’ installation was constructed using cardboard and intricately folded and highly reflective emergency blankets. The same concept of motion-reactive LED lights embedded within the blankets created an interactive, immersive and dynamic environment that captivated participants.
You can see both BotoxCloud and BotoxUtopia in action in videos on The Principals website. I can’t wait to see what this creative team comes up with next!