Light Tracer

Light Tracer is an interactive installation which invites the user to write, draw and trace images in real physical space. A series of light sources are given to the user to manipulate, and are subsequently tracked by a camera and displayed onscreen. How the user uses the system is entirely up to them, however it is possible to write messages, draw pictures or trace physical objects such as your face or hand.

Light x Sound is a follow on work created in collaboration with Japanese sound designer/performance artist Taeji Sawai, and was first exhibited in March 2009 at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo.

Light x Sound invites adults and children alike to interact, play, and create with light. As participants enter the installation space they are presented with a series of coloured light pens and invited to draw, write, and trace to produce imagery and sound in physical space.

Created By: Karl D.D. Willis & Taeji Sawai (Light x Sound)

Research Paper: User Authorship and Creativity within Interactivity

Awards: Tokyo Type Directors Club, Interactive Design Prize 2007, Digital Stadium, Grand Prix Finalist 2006, Asian Digital Art Award, Interactive Art Prize 2006, Gakusei CG Contest, Excellence Prize 2006

Selected Exhibitions: Science Gallery Ireland, Unesco Universal Forum of Cultures Mexico, Hangaram Design Museum South Korea, Club Transmediale Germany

Selected Press: Page Magazine (December 2007 ), Idealog Magazine, idN Tiger Translate Booklet/DVD, Digital Stadium, NHK BS2 (November 25 & December 23, 2006) Japan, Digital Experience, Campbell Live TV Three (July 21 2006) New Zealand, We Make Money Not Art

Drawing with Light Tracer

Light Tracer at Building Interactive Playgrounds

Drawings created with Light Tracer

Light Tracer at Tiger Translate