‘There is no light so bright or there is a shadow’
An invitation to dance with your shadow…
A shadow always follows you, what if you follow your shadow?
Your body casts a shadow, but what shape does it take?
Every light causes a shadow, but what if a shadow alters the light?
And if we loose our shadow, do we loose ourselves?
This project is currently in development
Lost Shadows is a multi-player game with light and shadows. A participant enters the space and is introduced to a set of simple rules for interaction with her own shadow and the shadows of others. Within the space the lights are shifting and with that the shadows.
The game makes the participant aware of her own shadow - a trace in the environment of which one normally isn’t so aware. While playing you loose sense of yourself, as you are drawn into the strange shapes a shadow can take.
The setup of Lost Shadows consists of a number of DMX-controllable lights, which are aimed at the playing area. On the floor of the playing area, there is a grid of light sensors. An adaptive algorithm drives the lights based on the input from the light sensors, creating a shifting pattern of lights and shadows in the playing area. A sound scape also driven by the input from the light sensors accompanies the experience.
Participants are guided into the experience by a host, where the simple rules for interaction with the shadows are explained.
- January 7, 2018, The Smoke larp festival, London, UK
- December 20, 2017, playtest at Theater Vrijburcht, Amsterdam, NL
- 3D printing and lasercutting at ZB45, blog entry
- experimentation and tryout at Theater Vrijburcht