Simple Harmonic Motion for Light at Blenheim Palace (2014)


View when you look straight up at the clouds in the sky:


Sky view + front view:

80x moving head spotlights
16ch sound
custom software
Duration: infinite loop (1 hour cycle)
Dimensions: 40m x 40m

Other works from this series and more information on the series of work in general can be found here.

Commissioned by Blenheim Art Foundation.

Interviews about the work:


Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) is an ongoing series of work investigating complexity from simplicity – specifically the emergence of complex behaviour through the interaction of simple multilayered rhythms. It is an ode to chaos and order, driven by the collisions between man and machine; the harmonies, tensions and conflicts between science, technology, culture, ethics, tradition and religion. It is inspired by natural and mathematical phenomena, as well as works by the likes of Norman Mclaren, John Whitney, Steve Reich, John Cage, Gyorgi Ligeti and Edgar Varèse.

Simple Harmonic Motion for Light is a site specific sound and light installation for robotic spotlights and surround sound. It builds on the line of inquiry in the SHM series of works, using light as a sculptural material, extending this investigation into a spatial dimension in the form of a kinetic sound and light sculpture. Singularly each row of light beams acts as a two-dimensional plane of light deforming in three dimensions. Collectively, multiple planes of light beams interact with each other to create complex modulating surfaces and volumes modulating. Finally, the projection of the beams on the clouds in the sky unwrap the patterns back into two dimensions, as they are originally simulated in software, though distorted through the physical imperfections of the lights and the clouds.

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