This story was originally published in Architectural Lighting.
London-based Jason Bruges Studio latest work is titled “Where Do We Go From Here?”, a robotic light installation that explores the play of light and shadow at three locations in the city of Hull's (in the United Kingdom) Old Town. The installation is on view from Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.
Jason Bruges Studio is known for its work in public art and interactive environments. According to the press release, this new artwork uses “…re-purposed industrial robots of varying sizes and at different levels, which will create kinetic animations across three sites in Hull's Old Town. Some robots will be pre-programmed, some reactive to their environment, and will feature a wide range of light effects, from beams to constellations, shadows and reflections, animating and highlighting unseen places, allowing people to see Hull in a new light.” The piece has been designed as part of the event Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Three areas in Hull’s Old Town have been selected for the site-specific installation, which is meant to “…encourage people to explore the city's nighttime streets as dormant robots awaken, responding to the city's architecture, and interacting with one another and with Hull's residents and visitors.”
Jason Bruges, founder and creative director of Jason Bruges Studio said in a press statement, "Hull is a fascinating and unique city with a rich history, which is undergoing a transformation as a leading center for both culture and, through green energy, technological innovation. Where Do We Go from Here? is inspired by the city's history as a center for navigation. It is a nod to the ways in which the old and the new can live in symbiosis, a juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, and the city's strengthened reputation for ideas and innovation."
Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, said, "A key element of Hull's year as UK City of Culture has been the use of technology, to tell stories and to show the city in new ways. We're therefore thrilled to be working with Jason Bruges, who has a fantastic reputation for the way he uses light and technological innovation. Where do we go from here? is an exciting way to cast new light on the city in a dramatic, but playful way.” The installation is open for free to the public and will be on view from Dec. 1, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018.
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