Hear those thunderclaps overhead? It's the sound of a zillion neurons being blown in Cambridge. Yes, it's raining science in
People's Republic this weekend -- ever since the Cambridge Science Festival
kicked off last Saturday, you can't swing a Schroedinger's cat in
Central Square without hitting something brainy. Last weekend, you may
have wandered through MIT's "Under the Dome"
celebration, which transformed the 'Tute's labs into research petting
zoos, inviting plebes to gawp at glittering aluminum origami towers in
the Infinite Corridor and getting a faceful of hurricane-blast wind in
the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel. Good times.And
as the Cambridge Science Fest draws to a close, they've saved some
pyrotechnics for the end. That would be "Light Drift," in which nearly 100 glowing orbs will turn the Charles River into a watery starfield. Quoth MIT:LIGHT
DRIFT is an interactive lighting installation that will appear along
the Memorial Drive side of the Charles River and draw viewers into a
playful engagement with the artwork, the river's edge, and each other.
Ninety brightly glowing orbs in the river will change color as they
react to the presence of people along the shore.The brainchild of Boston artist (and associate professor of architecture at MIT) J. Meejin Yoon,
"Light Drift" gives spectators the opportunity to create their own
aquatic Lite Brite designs. In addition to the flotilla of river orbs,
there are 18 control orbs on the shore; when you walk by them, "they try
to blink and invite you to sit in them." And once you plunk yourself
down, the shore orbs change color -- and (thanks to an embedded
transmitter) so do their corresponding river orbs. "The public actually
choreographs the piece," says Yoon, "and it becomes sort of a
public-scale game."According to MIT, rain or shine, there will
be orbs. And though the official end time is 10pm, we hear they're
leaving it on till the wee hours (~2am). Don't miss. The
"Light Drift" installation is viewable along the Charles River, May 6-7 @
7-10pm. FAST Installation Tours at 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, leaving
from Building 7 Lobby (at 77 Massachusetts Avenue), Info Pavillion (at
Memorial Drive near Hayden Library), and Building 10 (at Killian Court).
More info available here.
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