12. Aug 2015

3D light art installation à la analogue

Artists: Kimchi and Chips – Mimi Son and Elliot Woods
Sound design: Abdulla Rashim and Ligovskoï

Photos: Byungkook Kim

When Neil Alden Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969 people watched in awe on analogue television: analogue broadcasts constructed living imagery using the NTSC (National Television System Committee) standard. This system generates a moving picture frame as 483 lines of modulated light, stacked from the top to the bottom of a television screen. Slowly but surely analogue television has given way to digital TV and the “lines” have been replaced by pixels. The “483 lines” installation designed by Elliot Woods and Mimi Son was inspired by analogue television: they projected analogue imagery onto 483 lines of nylon string. The installation was accompanied by minimalist electronic sounds designed by Abdulla Rashim and Ligovskoï. “483 lines” was part of the “From Moment to Moment” exhibition staged at the Jeju Museum of Art in Jeju/KOR. Given the reflective flooring in the exhibition space the installation generated a series of mesmerising three-dimensional dynamic glowing images – as exciting as the moon landing back in 1969.

The 3D video elements were calibrated using Rulr, an open source node-based toolkit developed by the designers, and then projected onto the 16-metre long nylon strings via video mapping: the strings were arranged to create a strict pattern of horizontal lines. Since they were all parallel and tightly packed, when illuminated this gave rise to oscillations of depth and fascinating optical illusions.

“483 lines” was a real reminder of what analogue television was all about. The past (the nylon strings), the present (the projectors) and the future (software to enable new video-mapping ideas) were brought together to form a whole by this innovative light art installation.


483 Lines from Mimi Son on Vimeo.

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