Dziekan on strobes in ‘People meet in architecture’

Titled ‘People meet in architecture’, the biennale [2010 Venice Architecture Biennale] was exemplified by Sejima’s curatorial selection of collaborative and speculative projects, many of which functioned as controlled experiments variously involving acts of shaping space (through the use of light, water vapour, sound) and giving substance to time (photographically, stroboscopically). Through such works: The interdependency of […]

Boyd Mefford “Strobe-lighted Floor”

BOYD MEFFERD “Strobe-lighted Floor”. Strobe lights under lucite panels in the floor fire at random. The firing produces colored after-images which may affect the spectator’s sense of space and equilibrium. 1968, part of  MAGIC THEATRE at the St. Louis Art Museum. Bulletin of the City Art Museum of St. Louis, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 4 (NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1968), […]

Youngblood on Milton Cohen

Cohen’s most recent presentation was Centers: A Ritual of Alignments. Here the projection surface was a translucent circular core from which eight triangular screens radiated. Behind each screen was a photoelectric cell that activated sound and strobe-light events at various positions in the performance area. (Cohen often employs the amplified sound of the projection equipment itself […]

Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966-1967)

Andy Warhol‘s lights engineer Danny Williams pioneered many innovations that have since become standard practice in rock music light shows. From May 27-29 the EPI played The Fillmore in San Francisco, where Williams built a light show including stroboscopes, slides and film projections onstage. At Bill Graham‘s request he was soon to come back and build […]

Pickering on Flicker

Flicker “Flicker” is a long-standing term of art in experimental psychology, referring to visual effects induced by flickering lights (Geiger 2003, 12–15). A spinning top with black and white bands induces perceptions of color, for example. Walter became interested in flicker and incorporated it into his EEG research in 1945, when he came across a […]

Fred Turner on USCO

For Wiener, as, later, for McLuhan and Fuller, computers served as important tools with which to model and create such environments.9 When they read Wiener alongside McLuhan and Fuller, the artists of USCO extended Wiener’s insights on the role of computing to include technologies ranging from 35 mm slides to film strips to strobe lights […]