Always wanted to see your name up in lights? Here's one better: Your voice up in lights.
is an interactive art installation now running in Philadelphia. The project, by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
, uses recorded voices to manipulate 24 searchlights into "light formations," visible from miles away.
Here's how it works: Visitors download an iOS app, and connect to a local wifi network. Participants use the app to record a 30-second message. According to the artist, a software program analyzes the volume, entonation, frequency and amplitude of the message and the resulting data are used to direct the brightness and postion of the lights in the sky. Your rant, poem, or love story is transformed into a lightshow as the actual recorded message is played simultaneously through loudspeakers at the location and through the app. The app also collects your location information so the lights can be beamed at you when your message is played. For those not in the neighborhood, recordings can be submitted via the project website
. You can also listen to the messages left by others.
The installation runs through October 14. Added bonus: This Friday, October 12, The Franklin Institute's
chief astronomer Derrick Pitts will use Open Air's
24 searchlights to point out objects in the night sky. The Planetarium on the Parkway
event starts at 8:30 PM and it's free.