Making light work of information design
The son et lumière and a cineplastic strategy for communicating buildings
The son et lumière uses dramatic audio and visual projections to interpret and awaken a sensory engagement with heritage sites. I suggest that such cinematic interventions may be seen as a crucial way of conceptualising information design in the media landscape of the 21st century. This article draws on the son et lumière at Blois Château as precursor and provocateur to contemporary approaches in information design which unite projected image and tangible form. In this example, an understanding of the relationship between architecture and light image suggests the visual and interpretative possibilities that the “cineplasticity” of the projected image can offer for helping viewers absorb information by “seeing differently.” The article demonstrates that the son et lumière, as a form of information design, may have broad based cultural applications.
Keywords: light, screen, video projection, cineplastic, son et lumière, historic building
Published online: 22 May 2015
(2008) Leonardo’s Last Supper by Peter Greenaway at Park Avenue Amory. Art Daily http://artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=40203. Accessed 14 August 2010.
Azaryahu, M., & Foote, K.
(2001) Depth Cues for Information Design. Unpublished MA thesis. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Green, M. & Brock, T.
Law, A., Aliaga, D., Yeung, Yu H., McCoy, R., McKune, A. & Zimmerman, L.
(2009) Projecting Restorations in Real-Time for Real-World Objects. https://www.cs.purdue.edu/cgvlab/papers/aliaga/law-mw09-restoration.pdf Accessed 7 February 2014.
(2004) New Attentional Cultures. www-personal.umich.edu/~jaylemke/edc-notes.htm. Accessed 11 May 2010.
(1998) Projecting the rendering of a computer model onto a statue. Stanford University September 8 1998 http://graphics.stanford.edu/projects/lumiere/. Accessed 31 January 2014.
(1997) Cinema as Cultural Interface: The Most Popular Moving Image Sequence of All Times. http://www.manovich.net/TEXT/cinema-cultural.html. Accessed 27 July 2010.
(2008) Introduction to Info-Aesthetics. http://manovich.net/Manovich.InfoAesthetics.2008.pdf Accessed 23 January 2014.
Morris, M.E. & Hinrichs, R.J.
Palfrey, J., & Glasser, U.
. (‘Jarnis’)(2010) ‘Unity and 3D mapping of graphics brings famous status to life’ http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/63884-Unity-and-3D-mapping-of-graphics-brings-famous-statue-to-life Accessed 12 January 2014.
Priestnall, G., Gardiner, J., Durrant, J. & Goulding, J.
(2012) Projection Augmented Relief Models (PARM): Tangible Displays for Geographic Information. http://ewic.bcs.org/upload/pdf/ewic_ev12_s9paper1.pdf. pp. 180–187.
Raskar, R., Welch, G., Low, K.L. & Bandyopadhyay, D.
(2000) Shader Lamps: Animating Real Objects with Image-based Illumination. http://web.media.mit.edu/~raskar/Shaderlamps/ShaderLamps_2000.pdf Accessed 29 January 2014.
Raskar, R, Welch, G & Fuchs, H.
(1998) Spatially Augmented Reality. First IEEE Workshop on Augmented Reality (IWAR’98) , November 1 1998, San Francisco.
Underkoffler, J., Ullmer, B. & Ishii, H.
Vande Moere, A. & Purchase, H.