Time only exists when we experience its effects: for example, in the form of movement and change. The interplay of light and shadow can enhance temporal experience in a rhythmic and playful manner. In October 2022 we were invited by Graz arts festival, Klanglicht to transform Uhrturm – a medieval clock tower and the iconic city landmark – into an immersive light sculpture that could be experienced on top of Graz castle hill but also seen from afar.
With our hand-crafted high resolution video animations in black and white we further explored the concepts of gestalt, form and depth as well as the interaction of object and its surrounding. We made extensive use of Spatial Augmented Reality. The technology allows objects to be overlaid with video projections, overlapping virtuality and real-world environment. It allows media artists to create an illusion that can be perceived by several people together and without technical aids.
Since we believe that the fusion of sound and light is the basis of an immersive perception of the viewer we invited our long-time collaborator Markus "Seismo" Graf to compose a unique score for the installation. During the process he produced sound recordings of the tower's clockwork and bells in order to enhance the captivating composition with authentic sounds that people from the region would recognize.