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Light Field (2016)

An off-grid participatory installation, available for festivals and indoor or outdoor events after dark. 

Past installations:


Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh

(work in progress)


Knockengorroch Festival,
Dumfries and Galloway

Catstrand Arts Centre, Dumfries
and Galloway

Supernormal Festival, Oxford

Travellings, Lieux Publics, Marseille                        DanceLive/Sound Festival, Aberdeen

Galoshans Festival, Greenock


FACT@Liverpool LightNight, UK


LightNight Leeds, UK

Hidden Gardens, Tramway, UK

Dansefestival Barents, Hammerfest, Norway

Christmas event, Callander House, UK


LightNight Nottingham, UK

Doune the Rabbit Hole, UK

Deer Shed Festival, UK

Crathes Castle Banchory, UK

See News page for information about

upcoming installations.

Light Field is an off-grid, kinetically powered participatory installation and ambient environment by sound artist Bill Thompson, choreographer Saffy Setohy, and supported by creative technologists Al Benett and Costa Telalaev .


Light Field is made of, and activated by light, people and the sound of light. Suitable for outdoor festivals and public space events after dark, or indoor environments such as community venues, basement galleries, churches and unusual spaces.  

Light Field features a multi-part sound score made of the sound of our natural and built environment- from the night skies and magnetic north, to a street lamp or emergency exit. This is amplified through kinetically powered lanterns, which emit a diffused glow that gets brighter with activation. Responsive, glowing beacons of light create a gently pulsing environment. Audience-participants are invited by installation facilitators to interact with this environment, as well as each other. They are given gentle, simple instructions which facilitate movement and play and have an effect on the sound score and light. The installation unfolds and changes over time as people come and go, creating an extraordinary and unique experience for those that choose to activate the installation, but also for those that choose to watch or listen to it close up or from a distance.  

Visually captivating, with a subtle sound score made of the sound of light and VLF/Natural Radio, the work playfully considers philosophical and practical ideas of contrasting needs for natural and technological light and darkness around
the world, and our individual and collective relationship to energy generation and consumption. The project began in the context of Artcop Scotland,Artcop21 and the UNesco Year of Light.

Many thanks to Stephen McGreevy for Creative Commons usage of his VLF recordings:                                                                                                                                                                              
The development of Light Field is supported by Creative Scotland, Creative Carbon Scotland, CCA with Dance House, UZ Arts and InSitu.

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