An installation called the LightHive closed last week at the Architectural Association in London. Designed by architect, actor, theorist, and writer Alex Haw, the hive functioned as a new form of "luminous architectural surveillance," somewhere between sculpture, optical device, and high-end interior decoration -- an immersive chandelier, if you will. According to the UK-based ArtsHub, Haw's LightHive "pushes CCTV into another dimension."
[Image: Preliminary point-cloud study for the LightHive, executed by Marc Fornes].
Specifically, the hive consists of "a surveillance network" -- connected to nearly 7.5km of LED wiring -- that "records the movement of people through the building" (where "the building" is London's Architectural Association in Bedford Square).
The LightHive then "transmutes the energy into bursts of light, which create an 'immersive form of 3d CCTV'."
[Image: Glimpse of the LightHive, an indoor constellation aware of those who view it. ... A lot more here].
From a description of the exhibition:
- The space thus operates like a 3D X-ray of the building's activity, a kind of constantly updating surround-light CCTV, a spatial model of the entire School's performance fluctuating over the course of hours, days and weeks.