Star

Star x Chaos Engine

(Denmark, 2017 & 2018)

 

Ingredients:

– LED mapping software outputting Art-Net protocol. Check out ENTTEC’s award-winning ELM here.
– 1 x ENTTEC Storm 24: the world’s most powerful Ethernet to DMX512 converter was used to control 5,400 LEDs.
– DMX pixel drivers. Learn how ENTTEC’s popular Pixie Driver can help you achieve previously unimaginable visual effects.
– 180 meters of pixel tape (30 pixels per meter, with WS2811 chips). Explore ENTTEC’s range of quality tapes here.

 

Chaos Engine is the taming of raw, chaotic creativity and a playground where light and movement is an integral part of the process. Artistic engineering based on a fundamental research in the intersection between materials and philosophy.

Light, Sculpture and Movement are keywords for Chaos Engine, and if an installation might be static in structure, the process is always dynamic. Playful thought experiments distilled into concrete visual outputs is descriptive of Chaos Engine.

Back in 2017, Chaos Engine were commissioned to create a Christmas tree which was to stand on a silo in the Odense Harbour in Denmark. However, after giving it some thought, they realised that a star would be a much better alternative, due to the already countless amounts of Christmas trees throughout Denmark. Thankfully their client agreed, and a star was born!

The star was constructed from 200m of steel wire. and 12 aluminum tubes running outwards from a stainless-steel core. LED RGB tape was attached to the tubes, which were controlled by an ENTTEC Storm 24. The Storm 24 is a powerful Ethernet to DMX converter, which can handle large amounts of DMX over Gigabit Ethernet with ease, across 24 Universes, making it an ideal controller for projects such as this.

In the lead up to Christmas in 2018, the star was re-launched on a lake in Fruens Bøge, Denmark, lighting up a beautiful park. Who knows where it might end up next year?

 

 

“Due to the harsh climate in the north, we are very dependent on the equipment we use being extremely solid. Our art installations often have to run around the clock for months and it is therefore important that we work with reliable hardware and software. So, our choices fall on the pioneers of computer-controlled light, ENTTEC.
Your products are extremely stable and easy to use. We have never experienced any problem.”
Magnus Fuhr
CEO, Chaos Engine

 
 
Lighting Designer: Magnus Fuhr
Photos and Video:
Chaos Engine

The star in its final location: reflecting upon the calm waters of Skovsøen lake in the Fruens Bøge neighborhood of Odense.

Watch the team from Chaos Engine construct and install the star overlooking the Port of Odense, where it made its public debut in 2017.

 

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