Speed of Light

Like human fireflies, more than 400 runners at Salford Quays were equipped with specially-designed light suits to light up the night sky with their perambulations.

Runners

Organised by arts group NVA, last weekend’s Speed of Light project saw runners illuminate the canal banks, bridges and public spaces around The Lowry, IWM North and MediaCity UK.

Runners

LEDs were attached the joints, limbs and heads of runners, who created patterns of light as they moved around the quays at dusk.

Donning an LED body-suit
Donning an LED body-suit

NVA could choreograph the light show by remotely controlling the lights in each individual suit.

Runners

NVA head designer James Johnson worked with manufacturer GDS to develop the light suits, while creative director Angus Farquhar, choreographer Sharon Watson and lighting designer Phil Supple created the performance.

Runners

Speed of Light has previously been staged at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival and on the docklands of Yokohama in Japan, and was shown in Salford from 21-23 March.

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