Beacon was a kinetic light installation with a mind of its own. An array of emergency beacon lights, the installation interacted with visitors, tracking their movement through the space, creating an immersive and playful experience. 

First shown at the Lightwave 2009 exhibition at the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, the installation was later displayed at London’s Kinetica Art Fair 2009.

Beacon exploited a transfer of technologies from existing industrial products. The lights had their internal parts replaced with custom hardware, enabling the rotation of the reflector and lamp brightness to be individually controlled. Thermal imaging cameras had been adapted to track the participants’ movement through the space.

Beacon was orchestrated in real-time by a bespoke control system, which used tracking information from the cameras to coordinate an interactive and highly responsive behaviour.

The installation exploited a transfer of technologies from existing industrial products. The beacon lights had their internal parts replaced with custom hardware, enabling the rotation of the reflector and lamp brightness to be individually controlled. Thermal imaging cameras had been adapted to track the participants’ movement through the space.