CENTURY OF LIGHT (1980) is the world's first large public permanent electronic interactive sculpture. Shown here responding to a dance performance, was located in downtown Detroit. It was a suspended 18 foot (5.5 meters) diameter mandala of 144 one foot (30 cm) diameter light spheres displaying computer animated patterns.
sculpture generated the patterns in response to the movements of
people around it. It used micro-wave radar and a photocell for input
information. The PROGMOD
is a programming module that electronically duplicates the Century of
5 minute clip from Sue Marx's 1980 Emmy-winning film, "Jim Pallas : Electronic Sculptor" showing the PROGMOD
in Pallas' studio and then a dance rehearsal and performance by the Harbinger Dance Troupe with the Century of Light..
Century of Light: Six minute video
PROGMOD :Off-site programming module
Technical: Information and images of the Century of Light
Proposed: Demonstration of the manala
Animated Rendering: Temporary mandala on a building
Labyrinth: Futile attempt to save the artwork.
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