I.AM.HERE (LINE: Linear Interactive Networked Environment)

Project Credits: LMN (Team: Plamena Milusheva, Chris Savage, Scott Crawford)

Photo and Video Credits: LMN




RhinoCAM/CNC mill

electronics fabrication

Linear Interactive Networked Environment is a system developed to be deployed as a site-specific installation tailored to an existing built structure or environment. Each LINE deployment creates a unique transformative experience of its site and provides an opportunity to explore the adaptability of the built environment. The framework is designed to be flexible in its physical form which is achieved by structuring it as a modular kit of parts where modules can be networked together wirelessly to create a much larger interactive installation that can respond to people on site as a single system.

The most recent iteration of LINE was an interactive site-specific installation developed for the first Seattle Borealis Festival of Light. The installation takes an existing pedestrian bridge and seeks to transform visitors’ experience of it by giving them a new way to engage with their environment.

It shifts between a range of lighting modes and an interactive mode. The preconfigured light modes each create a different spatial experience on the bridge resulting in a dynamic, constantly changing environment. The interactive mode senses people walking along the bridge and changes the light to respond to their movement along the length of the bridge. The responsive mode is designed to layer on top of itself so that it can accommodate engagement from multiple people.

The name of the installation comes from its interactive behavior where the environment changes to signal the presence of a person along the bridge. This signal engages both people who are on the bridge as well as anyone farther out around the park with a view of the bridge.

With a 200 ft long bridge we had to spend considerable time designing the distribution of power along the bridge to each of the 10 modules that make up the full installation. This included custom connector harnesses and cabling.

The system required a custom board design to tie together the controller, sensing, and LED outputs which were developed and fabricated in-house. We designed the custom fabricated attachment bracket for the light tubes with the goal of having minimal intervention on the existing structure.

Each module is self contained with its own power, processing, and sensing. The ten sets are then networked through a local wireless router and a central controller that serves to coordinate and distribute the organization of the light patterns as well as the interactive response.