As I wandered past my local music shop I noticed this odd display in the window. It changes colour subtly but I didn't notice that at the time. A little investigation revealed that it's called "The Wicked Wavy Wall" by Pulsar and is part of the e-Luminate Festival which is taking place in Cambridge till February 23rd.
"Where Art meets Technology" says the programme, so I thought I'd hang around in town till darkness fell. By 5:15 pm the lights had started to take effect on the Wilkins' Screen of King's College. This installation is known as Colour Shift and is by Suzi Olczak
The colours change in response to what's happening in the street. I went off to see other installations and this odd clock caught my eye....
....the lights flash on and off in seemingly random fashion, then for brief moments display the time - 17:33 in this case - it's called Kairos ( by Colin Dewar) which is "the moment of indeterminable time in which everything seems to happen", otherwise known as "now", I suppose. Some of the other works were rather disappointing; ruined by the power of the street-lighting or lights left on in the buildings onto which images were being projected. I wandered back to Kings.
Darkness was working its magic and King's Parade itself was looking rather wonderful despite not having any extra illumination, or even e-Lumination.
Down by The University Bookshop there was a marvellous projection taking place on the Senate House wall...
...the moving image (Planet Of Light by Ross Ashton) consists of a turning globe being constantly re-made by artwork drawn by local schoolchildren. You really need a video to get some idea of the effect and luckily for you I took a short clip which appears at the end of this post. It's turned out rather contrasty, I'm afraid, but you'll get the general idea.
Meanwhile back to King's College....
I hope they'll get the wrinkles ironed out on some of the less successful works over the next few days. In the meantime here's the short (just over one minute) video I promised.