Light Printing

Light Printing

Immaterial Fabrication
2011-2012, Robotics & Long-Exposure Photography
MIT Medial Lab

Steven Keating,Prof. Neri Oxman

We are exploring new modalities of creative photography through robotics and long-exposure photography. Using a robotic arm, a light source is carried through precise movements in front of a camera. Photographic compositions are recorded as images of volumetric light. Robotic light “painting” can also be inverted: the camera is moved via the arm to create an image “painted” with environmental light. Finally, adding real-time sensor input to the moving arm and programming it to explore the physical space around objects can reveal immaterial fields like radio waves, magnetic fields, and heat flows.

This research was sponsored by the NSF EAGER award: Bio-Beams: FGM Digital Design & Fabrication.

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