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GRID, an audio-visual live performance by light artist Christopher Bauder (WHITEvoid) and composer Robert Henke (Monolake)), is featured at the Fête des Lumières in Lyon. 22.000 visitors see the show in 4 days.

GRID is an audiovisual live show combining electronic live music, kinetic movement and light animation. 50 motorized suspended LED-rod triangles form a massive dynamic GRID that spreads over 200 square meters. Live generated sound connects directly to light animations and triggers spatial movements. Every sound and fragment of music composed by Robert Henke corresponds to a visual impulse and triggers a spatial alteration of the mechatronic display.

GRID is an artistic approach to manifesting computer generated shapes and surfaces in real space in the form of an audio-visual live performance. Abstract neon light lines of early 3D computer graphics inspired a polygonal grid suspended above the crowd.

Computer-generated content is directly perceived as a tangible spatial experience without using a screen. As 3D computer graphics can be rotated in virtual space, spectators can roam freely below the animated light sculpture to alter their perspective and perception of the piece.

The soundscape of Robert Henke (Monolake) infuses the mechanical aspects of the installation. Sound can shape emotions in such ways that a moving set of colored lights can start to feel like a breathing organism or a huge mythical creature. Music stirs the emotions, while the mechanical movements and changes of light fascinate the eye. By doing so, the installation speaks to a fundamental fact of modern life: computers and machines have become part of our natural environment.

Our reality is an interplay between nature and technology, neither is independently sufficient, both are necessary.