Light Barrier was an installation by Kimchi and Chips, commissoned by FutureEverything and supported by British Council Russia as part of FutureEverything Moscow in 2014. It uses millions of beams of light to create ethereal, floating graphic objects. The calibrated rays of light are knitted together, defining shapes which float within its environment.
Created by innovative digital artists Kimchi and Chips (Elliot Woods and Mimi Son), Light Barrier pushed against the limitations of the digital and the physical, attempting to bring digital objects into free physical space. The artists explore the light barrier as a metaphor; a universal law which stops anything from travelling faster than a photon. The installation exposes exotic phenomena which serve to reinforce these fundamental laws.
By using 180 curved mirrors, the artists create an array of sub-projectors, allowing the control of the intensity, direction and origin of light as it travels through space.
Light Barrier is commissioned by FutureEverything and the British Council. It premiered at New Media Night, a festival of digital arts, experimental music and workshops at Nikola Lenivets, Russia, on 4–6 June 2014.