Previous Research

Sprites

"Sprite" - n. a small or elusive supernatural being; an elf or pixie; electric discharges between the tops of thunderheads and the stratosphere following cloud to ground lighting strikes; a soul (archaic); origin - Latin, spiritus.

Full spectrum light from a 5 degree, 750W tungsten-halogen spotlight is projected down onto the array of filters and a field of colored light is reflected towards the performer who holds a rectangular, thin flexible mirror in the field, projecting the distorted reflections onto a screen.  

The mirror is twisted, bent, crinkled, plucked and moved throughout the field, sculpting colorful, abstract, kinetic light paintings.  A vocabulary of ethereal, moving projections is synthesized as the performer learns the digital nuances of manipulating the mirror and the geometry of the light color field.  Psychedelic clouds, creatures, galaxies and poetic gestures meet another performer's projection and a (sometimes intimate) narrative emerges.  

A method of creating the adjustable field of colored light beams necessitated research and development of an adjustable array of dichroic filters which separates, and then recombines highly specific wavelengths.

A garden of dichroic filter flowers on miniature gooseneck supports was developed to filter and aim these colored beams.

 

An articulating, cantilevered support arm with a magnetic rotating ball and socket joint was designed and fabricated to allow the performer full freedom of movement with the mirror while enabling it to be released at any point without moving, delicately capturing the Sprite.

 

A public art installation of Sprites involves multiple performers creating Sprites which are projected onto large screens or onto building walls. Despite the rough, analog, real world elegance of using one's bare hands to mold an object, different interfaces and methods of controlling the mirror may be explored: an array of actuators control the mirror, motion detectors control the actuators, wind gusts control the actuators, etc.