Designed by code artist Kyle McDonald and creative technologist Jonas Jongejan, the Light Leaks projection mapping installation features fifty mirror disco balls within a darkened room, lit by beams of carefully controlled light. Using multiple projectors, the artists created a series of ever-changing lighting sequences that reflect from the disco balls’ complex mirrored surfaces, flooding the entire room with mesmerizing patterns.
Originally created in 2013 for Denmark’s CLICK Festival, the pair describe the project as “creating a curious space that alternates between a meditative state, and an uneasy imbalance. An experiment in combining a found object with computer vision to create a profound and unusual experience.” Upon entering the installation, visitors are drawn to a central arrangement of glittering mirror balls, piled on the floor, or hung from the ceiling. As the light from the projectors strike the balls, countless reflections fill the room, covering every surface, including themselves.
Since its first opening, Light Leaks has since been exhibited at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris (2014), Scopitone Festival in Nantes (2015), and most recently at The Music Center in LA (2018) as part of an event in homage to the disco era.