Usually when we do light painting activity, we set up a dark room where we can completely control the environment. With the outdoor setup, we had to keep adjusting the settings to account for the changing natural lights, the shifting cloud cover and the street lights illuminating the scene.
Additionally we had to adjust the light sources that we used over the course of the night. When we started (about 15 minutes after sunset) the camera really could only pick up the shop flashlight and the super bright LEDs that we made for light play. As it got darker outside we could use more subtle tools like keychains, glow sticks, and EL wire.
Throughout the night, we noticed some beautiful unintended consequences with the way the lights interacted with the performances of fog bridge and how the street lights cast a eerie apocalyptic glow on the clouds which fit with the science fiction theme.
Visitors interpreted the theme of the night in different ways, both creating elements like UFOs, monsters, and time warps to interact with the background and also changing themselves and their friends into mutants, wizards, and superheroes.
Masaya from the Euphrates Group (makers of the inspiring pitagora souchi chain reactions among other shows and books) was visiting for the week and he teamed with Ryoko to create their logo from the videos.
There's something really lovely about the light painting outside. The environment expands the possibilities for the activity and because of the changing nature of the background you can never create the same image twice. Here is the complete set from the event:
Thanks to all who experimented with us for the after dark event.