Designer: United Visual Artists
Client: The Creators Project
Location: New York City (2011) and San Francisco (2012)
Additional Audio Programming: Henrik Ekeus and Dave Meckin
Producer: Keri Elmsly
Photographer: James Medcraft
Origin is the latest development by United Visual Artists (UVA) in their exploration of large-scale responsive LED sculpture. As part of The Creators Project, UVA created Origin – a responsive installation meant to explore our society’s acceptance of a technocratic life form.
In October of 2011, the installation was hedged between the two Bridges on Brooklyn’s shore within DUMBO’s Tobacco Warehouse. The 10m x 10m cube of light both disrupted and reflected the City, eliciting an emotional reaction from those who entered its realm. Origin is the culmination of a series of works derived from Orchestrion, the main stage design created by UVA for Coachella 2011.
The cubic lattice is composed of 125 two-meter cubic spaces mounted with linear LED strips, allowing it to emit varying light patterns in all directions. A network of speakers (bass and treble) generated real-time loud ominous sounds from a new original score by Scanner.