Young Americans

Young design duo Zigelbaum & Coelho make their UK debut at London’s Riflemaker gallery this month with an interactive light installation which is somewhere between a chilled-out laser show and the innards of a living, breathing beast.

The installation can be changed by visitors

The pair, Jamie Zigelbaum and Marcelo Coelho, began collaborating while both were students at the MIT Media Lab. As well as working on projects at the university – involving predominantly human-computer interaction and media theory projects for Zigelbaum and paper computers, interactive garments and ‘digital gastronomy’ for Coelho – both organised international workshops and conferences about reality-based interaction.

Zigelbaum and Coelho

Walking into the Riflemaker’s darkened gallery space, visitors can modify the designers’ luminescent pixel-tiles, changing the colour, composition and even rhythmic pulse of the LED lights. The result is a colourful room that feels like entering a pulsating solar system.

The installation is the American duo’s first UK exhibition

Zigelbaum & Coelho runs from 22 November – 26 February 2011 at Riflemaker 79 Beak Street, London W1.

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