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Deep Web – Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke’s “super-structure” at CTM 2016

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Video of the much anticipated collaboration between two Berlin-based greats – Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke at Berlin’s CTM 2016 festival. Deep Web is a feat of spatial programming that combines the luminous kinetics of Christopher’s fluidic with the laser orchestra of Robert’s Lumière. Originally commissioned for the Festival of Lights Lyon 2015 (which was postponed after the Paris terror attacks), Deep Web premiered at CTM 2016 – New Geographies (Jan 29 to Feb 7). Having taken over the main hall of Kraftwerk Berlin (a former power plant locals will remember fondly from recent editions of Atonal Festival), Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke invoke the networked world as a spectacle of (laser) light, (surround) sound, and (moving) matter on a monumental scale.

Read more about this in our article about the event → Deep Web – Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke’s “super-structure” premieres at CTM 2016

The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness. The installation brings together decades of separate research and experimentation by two artists with unique visions and passions for sound and light, and by innovative companies working in these fields. High-end laser system manufacturer LaserAnimation Sollinger provided the technical expertise and development for this very specific spatial laser setup. The high precision motor winch systems with real time feedback and the main control software are provided by Design Studio WHITEvoid in collaboration with Kinetic Lights. This novel combination of computer controlled kinetic elements and laser systems allows for setting animated end points to normally infinite laser beams. DEEP WEB uses light as a tangible material to construct threedimensional vector drawings in thin air.