Leave a reflection of yourself in layered data archives with Light Tracer. In a dark room you are invited to create contrasty drawings with a torch, lighter, cell phone, penlight, camera flash or other light-emitting device on a light sensitive screen - catch reflections with a flash, or draw direct with a small light. The pictures are stored in layers that fade over the course of the evening, creating a time-lapse collage of frozen images, building a record of both the sequence of users’ actions and the atmosphere directly around the screen. Stored images are replayed on a screen nearby, allowing participants to interact not only with the screen, but also with each other. An archaeology of audience participation is created to be sifted through, during and after the event (the archives are often posted on the web).
Light Tracer was developed in 2005 by New Zealand born Japan resident Karl D.D. Willis, while a research student at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. Tokyo-based Willis, an interaction designer/media artist, is currently a research student at the University of Tskukuba in Ibaraki, Japan. His research focus is an examination of interactivity in terms of the creativity and engagement of users.
Light Tracer has been shown in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Italy and Denmark at exhibitions and festivals.
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