Yesterday, the Seattle Art Museum unveiled a new addition to their façade - an interactive projection of lights and images that responds to weather and pedestrian traffic on the downtown block.
The permanent installation, MIRROR, by American light artist Doug Aitken, is installed on the north-west corner of the gallery. The images are culled from footage shot by Aitken throughout Seattle and Washington state, from idyllic coastal scenery to urban hustle and bustle. But the movement of the images is purely real-time: feeding off a stream of data to create a constant, improvised light show.
'With MIRROR I was interested in the idea of creating a living museum, a downtown
building that could change in real time in relation to the environment around it,' Aitken said, comparing the installation to 'choreography without music.'
The launch party featured a custom show alongside minimalist composer Terry Riley's In C, with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Stuart Dempster faculty at the University of Washington's music school.
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Images (renderings) courtesy Doug Aitken Workshop and Seattle Art Museum.