Predictably I guess, Mother Nature, who seems to be increasingly angry with the world these days, delivered a steady downpour of rain last night as I set out into the streets of Vancouver's Yaletown district to check out and attempt to photograph the annual "Illuminate" festival.

Coinciding with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics 1 year anniversary celebrations, the colourful, vibrant event this year consisted of 18 locations featuring an array of light art installations and interactive displays on view for the past two nights.

With $500 worth of prizes up for grabs in an associated Flickr photography contest, I battled the less than desirable weather conditions to come up with the following shots of what I considered to be the best of the displays. I'm undecided at this point as to whether or not I'm going to enter any of them into the contest, but I've got until March 6th to decide.


Data Queue

By Nathan Whitford & Konstantinos Mavromichalis – Lines of LEDs that can respond to their environment and the presence of people. This installation translates the movement of people into colourful animated light patterns. Standing in line has never been so much fun.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Light Cosmos

By Victor S. Quezada – This installation creates a fusion of light and materials.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Revolv-a-lution

A group collaboration with general direction by Benjamin Feagin Jr. – Scheduled live artistic performances, interactive components and new media art works will dazzle and amaze.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Twitterfall Wall

By Bradley Shende – Interactive real time tagged discussion – projected as cascading tweets onto a three story brick wall.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Louver Towers

By Philip W. Guhl – Video wall of stunning visual effects using bitmapped artwork and music.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Flexi-Flex

By Philip W. Guhl – A flexible, translucent, modular LED panel providing full motion video and lighting capabilities both indoors and outdoors.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Fiction Facades

By Nathan Whitford & Konstantinos Mavromichalis – Never judge a building by its facade; a building projection that explores the relationship between the facade of a building and its interior. This installation reveals and creates stories.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Kinetic Floating Pixels

By Shaun Mavronicolas & Miles Thorogood – This interactive, kinetic light installation made up of an array of moving helium balloons merge the physical and virtual worlds in a fun and playful installation. Become the avatar and create you own experience.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011
Illuminate Yaletown 2011

Links & Credits

  • All images // Rob Masefield
  • The 2011 Illuminate Yaletown Photo Contest // flickr.com
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