WHITE NOISE WHITE LIGHT

Comprised of a 50' x 50' grid of fiber optics and speakers, "White Noise/White Light" is an interactive sound and light field that responds to the movement of people as they walk through it. What appears at first to be a static, neutral and transparent grid of vertical markers dissolves into a luminous sound-scape by night.
As pedestrians enter into the fiber optic field their presence and movement are traced by each stalk unit, transmitting white light from LEDs and white noise from speakers below. Just as white light is made of the full spectrum of color, white noise contains every frequency within the range of hearing in equal amounts.
If motion is detected, the white LED illumination grows brighter while the white noise increases in volume. Once motion is no longer detected, the light and sound fade into dimness and silence.

Credits

Design Team

Kyle Steinfeld
Lisa Smith
Naomi Munro
Type
Public Space
Year
2004
Status
Completed (Dismantled)
Location
Athens
Greece
Client
Olympic Games
Published in
Boston.com
Architect Magazine
The New York Times
Boston Home Magazine
BSI Swiss Architecture Award
PLAN 69
Surface Magazine
Harvard Design Magazine