Aarhus by Light

Year of implementation: 
Added value of technology: 
Increase performance of public open spaces
Technology applied: 
Synergetic interface
Typology of open spaces: 
Parks and gardens
Short description: 

Aarhus by Light was a two-month social experiment with an interactive media facade at the Concert Hall in Aarhus, Denmark. Small, luminous creatures appeared to live in the facade. When you approached the concert hall, you entered their world, which was also a part of the city. They were social beings, always (or mostly) happy to see you. There were three illuminated zones on the central path leading visitors toward the concert hall, each covered with brightly-colored carpets. In these zones, camera tracking translated the visitors’ presence and movements into digital silhouettes on the facade, and through the silhouettes, visitors could caress, push, lift, and move the small creatures. The creatures would wave back, fight, sleep, climb, jump, kiss, and occasionally leave and come back, thereby establishing a relation with the visitors that not only visualized movements, but was also emotionally engaging, creating brief narratives.
The rectangular LED panels matched the glass facade modules of the Concert Hall, and were configured as a 50×6 meter, irregular, elongated shape, mainly positioned across the main facade, facing the park. The configuration of the LED panels was deliberately designed to break with a rectangular, TV-screen look, and a smaller section wrapped around the facade’s corner.

Dalsgaard, P., Halskov, K., 2010, "Designing Urban Media Façades", Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems , Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , s. 2277-2286. Article in proceedings

Why is it relevant as Cyberpark: 

An interactive media facade at the Concert Hall Aarhus in Denmark engages local citizens to explore new possibilities of digital media in urban life.