NYCxDesign x Circus Family

WantedDesign & NYCxDesign invited Circus Family to create a custom-built interactive light installation for the official NYCxDESIGN opening ceremony. In the artistic community of Industry City (a 6 million square-foot 21st century innovation and manufacturing district situated on the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn), the Circus Family team built an interactive LED installation, called “Day&Night”, exclusively designed to fit the exhibition space.

During the day the pulsing light glow invited visitors to be part of, and play with the installation. A light experience in which the audience directed colors and sound by simply moving around inside the installation. During the night the installation was connected to the audio of the dj and reacted to the music being played via custom coded software.

Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - LED Installation
Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - Installation

The installation consisted of 48 tubes, 3072 LED light pixels, 4 Kinect depth cameras, 24 vibration sensors, and 3 laptops running custom processing scripts that trigger the LED lights.

The positions of the audience were tracked using the depth cameras, and were converted into positions in a grid. This grid acts as a musical sequencer where notes and lights are synced and triggered according to the position and number of audience. Additionally the inner tubes have built in vibration sensors, that react with light animations and sound when hit by the audience.

Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - LED Installation
Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - LED Installation
Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - LED Installation

Odile Hainault, Wanted Design, comments: “Circus Family elevated the NYCxDESIGN opening night to a real celebration, with more than 3500 guests from the NY creative scene. The previous year the party was a first for the design world in New York City, and was the evening that everyone talked about. It was so successful that we wanted to invite them again for this year”.

Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - LED Installation
Circus Family - WantedDesign - NYCxDESIGN - LED Installation