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In Chemnitz, Germany, commuters of different feathers flock together beneath the pixels of the giant LED facade that crowns two sides of the city’s recently renovated train station. The largest interactive artwork from Berlin’s Lichtvision to date, completed in collaboration with London’s Random International, Swarm Study / IX translates the movements of nearby pedestrians and vehicles into pixelated heat maps that mimic the ebb and flow of migrating birds. Each five centimetre-wide pixel has a luminous flux of 40 lumens; combined into a four-storey backlit display powered by specialized software that generates cues in real time, the pixels create ethereal, ever-shifting masses of light and dark.

Project: Swarm Study / IX

Location: Chemnitz, Germany

Studios: Lichtvision Design (Germany) and Random International (U.K.)

Designer: Raoul Hesse

Swarm Study / IX
A massive interactive artwork and a particle accelerator-inspired bedside lamp took home 2017 AZ Awards of Merit in the category of Lighting Installations.

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2013
Winner + People’s ChoiceLighting Installations
Location
Frankfurt, Germany
Firms
Schneider + Schumacher, Frankfurt; and Licht Kunst Licht, Bonn
Team
Tanja Baum, Till Schneider and Michael Schumacher, with Thomas Möritz, Alexander Rotsch, Andreas Schulz and Mieke Van der Velden
2020
Winner + People’s ChoiceLighting Installations
Location
Toronto, Canada
Firm
Stacklab, Toronto, Canada
2018
Award of MeritLighting Installations
Firms
Licht Kunst Licht with Ingenieurbüro Heiming and ttsp hwp seidel Planungsgesellsch
Team
Isabel Sternkopf with Ingenieurbüro Heiming, Andreas Schulz and Tanja Nopens