Vectorial Elevation

Relational Architecture 4
"Vectorial Elevation" is an interactive art project originally designed to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000 in Mexico City's Zócalo Square. The website www.alzado.net enabled any Internet user to design light sculptures over the city's historic centre, with eighteen searchlights positioned around the square. These searchlights, whose powerful beams could be seen within a 15 kilometers radius, were controlled by an online 3D simulation program and visualised by digital cameras. A personalised webpage was produced for every participant with images of their design and information such as their name, dedication, place of access and comments. These web pages were completely uncensored, allowing participants to leave a wide variety of messages, including love poems, football scores, Zapatistaslogans and twenty-seven marriage proposals. In Mexico, the project attracted 800,000 participants from 89 countries over the course of its two-week duration.

Vectorial Elevation alludes to Sol LeWitt's "art of instructions" as well as László Moholy-Nagy's paintings by telephone in 1922. Another precedent was the teleoperation of the Lindbergh searchlight in Los Angeles in 1928, activated when President Coolidge pressed a telegraph key at his desk at the White House.
Name in spanish: Alzado Vectorial
Year of Creation: 1999
Technique: Xenon 7kW robotic searchlights, four webcams, Linux servers, GPS, Java 3D DMX interface
Dimensions: Variable
Keywords: interactive, lights, networked, outdoor, recorder, robotic.
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2004 - Celebrations of Europe expansion, O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland
2003 - Fête des Lumières, Place Bellecour, Lyon, France
2002 - Opening project of Artium, Basque Contemporary Art Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
1999 - Zócalo Square, Mexico City, Mexico

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Credits

  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Chong Zhang, Emilio López-Galiacho, Will Bauer, Ana Parga, Dragos Ruiu, Kimihiko Sato, Kelly Myers, Paul Pelletier, Jennifer Laughlin and Crystal Jorundson - development and production



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