Virtual World of the Day: A Luminous Light Show of 8,000 Orbs

Just... wow.

For five years, Squidsoup has been trying to build an interactive, three-dimensional light show that constitutes a "holistic experience."

The result is a project called Submergence, on display at Oslo's Galleri ROM, where over 8,000 orbs hang from the ceiling and glow different colors, in different patterns, in response to visitors' movement.

From the gallery's description:

"Imagine walking through a virtual world, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space. Imagine that these points of light create environments, atmospheres and physical spaces that you can enter, affect, immerse yourself in."

But the video, clearly, is worth 8,000 words.

The project will be on display in Oslo until February 17th.

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  • Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.