SKALAR is an audio-visual installation by Christopher Bauder and the musician Kangding Ray and premiered at the CTM Festival in 2018. This large-scale installation shown at Kraftwerk "explores the impact of light and sound human perception" (WHITEvoid Berlin). Alongside a 12 channel sound composition, 195 precisely controlled motors were used to choreograph 65 mirror discs reflecting a large array of solid light beams to create floating structures in space. SKALAR was shown as a self progressing installation as well as a live performance.
My role in this project was to co-design the visual patterns as well as programming the complete visual output including the kinetic choreography of the mirrors as well as the output of the rotatable light beams.
The visual choreography was coded in TouchDesigner, and is tightly connected to Ableton Live. The content is generated in real-time by the software and distributed to the kinetic system and the moving lights via Art-Net.
The real-time feedback of the kinetic spheres' positions was used to track the movement and aim the moving lights to hit the mirrors precisely. The calculation of the mirrors angle and the resulting direction of the reflection were used to create even more sophisticated structures.
The spatial calibration of the light beams was coded by Manuel Bossard. The basis of the Kinetic Lights Control Software was developed by Markus Heckmann from derivative.
Artist: Christopher Bauder
Sound-Artist: Kangding Ray
Technology: Kinetic Lights
Light Beams: ROBE Pointe
Photography: Ralph Larmann