2005, Burning Man artists grant: “Outdoor Laser Harp”
2009, Tesla Store Opening, Boulder, CO: Long Harp Exhibit
2007, Burning Man, NV: Light Arcs
2007, Wired Magazines “NextFest”; invited exibit, Los Angeles, CA: Long Harp
2006, Wired Magazines “NextFest”; invited exhibit, New York Javits Center, NY: Light Arcs
2006, University of Colorado, Museum, Boulder, CO:Light Harps
2006, Burning Man, NV: Light Arcs
2005, Grant Awarded Commission and featured exhibit,Laser Harps
2002, Tiche Galla, Lincoln Center , New York , NY: Laser Harp
NEWS: April, 2012
We just received a Burning Man Artist Grant to re-create the Arc Harps!
We are currently in production to repair and rebuild the harps. On the Playa we will be collaborating with the amazing Johhny Dwork and his team who are producing a unique soundscape and “tuning’ for this new, more robust version of the Arc Harps.
More updates to follow!
The “Light Harps” are an immersive installations using movement and laser light to trigger sound.I have been creating light harps since the mid 1990′s. These harps have varied from art installations, to stage and performance installations and large outdoor sculptures.
What is a Light Harp:
A light harp is an interactive instrument played by breaking light beams. My light harps are not simple “on/off” devices…. When a user breaks a beam, the harps are able to tell how fast the person is moving and the height of their hand. This information allows my software to create complex and soft sounds that swell, and grow over time.
The Arc Harp is an outdoor 60 string light sculpture designed for public play. It is part of my Light harp series, which includes 20 other large public interactive instruments dating back to 1990. The Arc Harp was originally funded through an artist grant from Burning man in 2005. It returned to Burning man in 2007, and has since traveled the country. It recently returned from several months outdoors at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens.
The Arc harp is inherently interactive. The best part about seeing The Arc Harp in public is that you have moments when crowds flock to it and people start to play independently. In the group’s chaotic activity the piece comes to life, as if everyone where unknowingly participating in a musical symphony. Each of the light strings in The Arc Harp can sense user movement, speed and tempo. Each string will mix its own library of sounds to create a depth and tone that compliments public activity and random or organized musical play.