Solstice Lamp




During Vivid Sydney, visitors to the AMP forecourt at Circular Quay will be bathed in blue light and immersive sound that responds interactively to the speed of their movement. Their unique sonic and visual creation will generate the animations and sounds that then travel up the building facade, eventually transforming into origami cranes, all accompanied by a generative musical score.

You can see a short video about the installation here.

People passing through AMP building forecourt are sensed with overhead 3D cameras. Their outlines produce shapes of projected blue light onto the ground. These shapes are then released from their makers, drifting up the facade using laser projection. The shapes transform as they rise, producing music as they interact with features of the building facade. As they progress, the visual shapes evolve into origami cranes. These represent Amplify's metaphor of transformation.

How it works

A purpose-built computer program creates an integrated interactive experience that reaches from the forecourt to the top of the building. The system users projectors, 3D sensors, lasers and generative music. The AMP building forecourt is activated by two Microsoft Kinect tracking cameras and two projectors. The computer program receives the tracking data and translates it into animated projections and musical sounds that map to people's movement through the space. An ambient soundscape is overlayed with scores selected in response to the interaction, effectively turning people into co-authors of the dynamic artwork by allowing them to "play" the installation. Visualisations created on the floor are translated into an animation in response to real-time contextual conditions (number of people present in the space, size of shapes created, etc). High-powered lasers project the animated imagery onto the building facade.

Read the Amplify press release about the Solstice Lamp project here.

Team members

The creative team for Solstice LAMP comprises:

Reuben Young - Head of Communications – Innovation and Technology, AMP

Miriama Young - Composer and sound artist; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Luke Hespanhol - Electronic artist, interaction designer; PhD researcher at the Design Lab, University of Sydney

Martin Tomitsch - Interaction designer; Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney

Oliver Bown - Generative systems programmer, electronic music producer; Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Design Lab, University of Sydney


Additional credits

Thanks to:

Mark Mitchell - generative animation programming
Andrew Hasler - rigging consultant
Rob Taylor - audio engineer
Luis Jofre - audio consultant

Digital Pulse - origami animations
Concert Lighting Systems - rigging and consultation
Oracle Attractions - laser projectors and consultation
Turra Music - speakers
One Ski Digital Media Productions - video documentation and photos

Seymour Centre - testing rooms
ATSC University of Sydney - construction workshop - web synchronisation service and support
Music Box sample from baujahr66 on
OpenNI - Kinect tracking library
JOGL - graphics rendering library

Lucien Johnson - saxophone recording
Josephine Lumanau - viola recording
Kay Armstrong - choreographer/dancer
Jay Bailey, Nerida Godfrey, Sean Marcs - collaborators/dancers
Matthew Chadwick - web audio programming
Matt Storey and Leslie George - technical assistance
Arthur Ipsaros, Ian Harvey - additional laser consultation
Jingwen Cao - concept rendering