Light Echoes is a series of artworks in which traces of light are painted onto physical spaces. The project is a collaboration with Aaron Koblin and began in response to Doug Aitken's Station to Station project - specifically to the idea of a train traveling across the United States.
Barbican commissioned a site-specific iteration of the piece for the Curve Gallery. A laser paints the walls and floor from a track on the ceiling, while viewers follow, leaving their shadow as a unique trace in the process. Each pass is captured by long exposure time-lapse photography and compilled into a growing animation which is revealed at opposite end of the gallery.
In the space, music is responding to the ever-changing textual compositions. The tones are driven by the patterns of light, and echo the sentiment of the poetry that is revealed. The poem is one which changes the order of its composition, a process which itself reflects upon the central idea: the complex and ever changing role of digital technology and its connection to humanity. We express excitement, anxiety, and a call to action, to maintain and create a safe space for ourselves in this quickly changing world.
Footprints of Light is an experimental short film that captures the interplay of light and movement as dancer Naomi Weijand performs with Light Echoes at Barbican's Curve Gallery.