Set the City of Light aglow
blog by S.J. Velasquez • April 25, 2013 @ 8:51am
The City of Light will live up to its nickname May 4 when Buffalonians participate in a social experiment that aims to create a flickering lights symphony.
As part of the MediaCities Conference, hosted by the University at Buffalo, Buffalo residents are invited to participate in artist Antoine Schmitt’s project. While all residents are encouraged to take part, a UB news release points out that the project will focus mainly on “neighborhoods around Allen Street and the 500 to 700 block of Main Street.”
To participate, visit citylightsorchestra.net on any electronic device—computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.—at dusk. Open the website to a full screen, and turn the device toward a light-colored wall or curtain facing the street. Make sure all other lights are turned off. The pulsating colors emanating from the electronic screen will be amplified and—ideally—visible from the street.
“Your home or office window has become a giant pixel playing its own line of the symphony, along with all the other city lights orchestra players,” Schmitt explains on her website.