Indirection is a grid of 100 full-color LEDs running custom algorithmic patterns. Created for display at the 2010 Burning Man Festival, Indirection has since been shown at private events in San Francisco.
Originally an untitled work, I chose the name Indirection after reflecting on commonalities amongst the patterns. What emerged were three consistent themes:
What particularly struck me was the lack of intentionality with which these themes had been realized. Though I hold love and play to be two of the most important things in life — for their powerful ability to forge human connection — they are also things that I often find myself communicating in indirect ways.
In a sense, my work on this piece ended up being an indirect way of making an internal realization. The result is in many ways a reflection of not just my aesthetic, but my personality and communication style.
Indirection was built using the Color Kinetics LED product line. The full materials list is as follows:
The control software was written from scratch using the Processing software framework. It is essentially an infinite render loop that generates each frame as an array of 100 RGB pixel values. These are sent to the PDS-60ca controller using the UDP-based KiNET protocol. Some patterns support real-time control via MIDI.
The continuous power consumption of the entire system is approximately 60W. It can be driven by a small solar panel array.
Source code for the underlying engine framework is available at github.com/heronarts/HeronLX.