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Since watching Lenny Kravitz's Are You Gonna Go My way? music video clip as a young kid, I wish almost everyday to be able to fund a personal dynamic light installation in my living room. LDN24 [field.io] comes close: it mixes a cool LED display with data, as a public art installation designed for the Museum of London. The display draws filmic impressions and the facts and figures of London life into a picture of 24 hours in the life of the city.

Statistics and statements from the web and a huge database are dynamically printed along the LED screen by the second hand of a 24 hours clock. Weather, traffic and news updates, the Thames' tides, YouTube updates and recent fire incidents are pulled live from numerous RSS feeds, Twitter and news portals. A custom software composes statistics, the film and a generative soundtrack into an immersive audio-visual narrative. Each iteration reveals new connections between film and data, and puts the figures into context with everyday live.

Find more photos here, or watch the documentary movie below.

Update: as mention in the comments, the people behind the concept of this project are The Light Surgeons: "The initial commission was to find content for the physical structure that had been designed by the architects. We immediately thought of a clock and the idea of having walked through the history of London you come to the now."

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3 COMMENTS

This project was produced and directed by The Light Surgeons: www.lightsurgeons.com

Wed 09 Jun 2010 at 11:55 AM

HI

it's great to read that you love our work, like chris posted above this is a light surgeons production. it was an incredible filming project, over 3 months across london. originally when i researched all the statistics i was hoping that we would be able to draw live statistics that would show how many people were actually moving around london but such 'live' data does not exist.

we asked field to ensure that the software that they developed meant that all the statistics actually featured with relevant shots therefore making a 'whole' experience, rather than fractured. this took a long process to ensure that the software synced with images.

if you would like to hear more we are presenting this sunday (14th june) a talk that will explain the whole process from developing the pitch, producing/directing the entire project and bringing on the right people to work with us such as Field and Tim Cowie (http://vimeo.com/user1632749, editor/camera/audio).

it is certainly great after a year of producing, directing, filming, researching and post production to finally see people enjoy our installation.

hopefully see you on sunday,
a

Wed 09 Jun 2010 at 8:47 PM

TALK DETAILS:
Museum of London, London Wall (st pauls or morgate tube stations)
1p.m. Sunday 13th June 2010
Free

if you're in London head down!

Wed 09 Jun 2010 at 8:58 PM
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