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Vectorial Elevation goes live tonight

Quick post—and an invitation: Tonight, the Vectorial Elevation light show goes live over English Bay. There’s been a bit of buzz about this Cultural Olympiad installation (hosted as part of CODE, their digital program).

In a nutshell, Vectorial Elevation is an audience-generated laser-light show (the rendering pictured at left doesn’t really do it justice). A series of 10,000-watt “robotic searchlights” have been set up along Vanier Park and Sunset Beach. Once Vectorialvancouver.net goes live at noon today, users from here and around the world can design their own light patterns, creating a spectacular, evolving, massive interactive display that will be visible as far as Richmond and the peaks of Grouse and Cypress. There are some parameters in the program to keep the lights aiming skyward, so nix any plans to align the beams into a single condo unit.)

Though created by prolific Montreal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and shown in cities like Dublin, Mexico City, and Lyon, this is the first time it’s been seen in Canada. It runs until February 28.

Bonus: Vectorial Elevation premieres at dusk tonight, and we’re hosting a curator’s talk with Ed Pien here at 7 p.m. (free with admission; details here). Come see the show from our perfectly positioned galleries, and take in some art and culture.

Image credit: Vectorial Vancouver

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