Blink was a site specific light installation for the Wellington Lux light festival in 2013. It was a variation on the Brickets projects.
This piece consists of a loose grid of small blinking boxes that recreate the visual dynamics and synchronisation of fire-flies.
Each device is battery powered and contains an electronic circuit that controls the frequency of the blinking of the LED. Each box holds a high intensity LED that blinks periodically and also contains a tiny radio transmitter that communicates to neighbouring devices. The regularity of the blinking depends on the time of day (they are only active at night) and the responses of the neighbouring devices. Different devices will tend to couple more strongly with their neighbours, producing pockets of synchrony as the devices move between chaos and a common period of blinking.
- Year 2013
- MaterialsABS boxes, RF transmitter/receivers, Picaxe microcontrollers, light sensors, lithium batteries, LEDs