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Info Glow 

Stephen Kelly’s Info Glow is part-scientific, part-artistic.

click to enlarge An early prototype of a piece by Kelly. - STEPHEN KELLY
  • An early prototype of a piece by Kelly.
  • Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly will be on hand at the Dalhousie Art Gallery the evening of Nocturne to explain his part-scientific, part-artistic exhibit Info Glow. The computer science PhD student's experimental installation will eventually consist of 30 robots suspended in a grid-like formation. Digital systems will monitor the environment inside the LEED Gold-certified Mona Campbell Building---CO2 levels, electrical consumption, water use, heating and cooling---and transmit this information to his robots, who will respond with light and subtle swaying.

"Being a collection of robots, the work also has a life of its own to some degree, with the potential to evolve over long periods of time," Kelly says, hinting at his research on artificial intelligence.

For Nocturne, a deconstructed version of the exhibit will be on display. And post-Nocturne, in the Mona Campbell Building, Kelly says regular visitors will get to know the building's moods.

"Visitors will be able to draw correlations between the character of the artwork and the current activities within the building."

The exhibit also changes with Kelly's moods. He changes his mind about most things every day, and soon tired of the name Info Glow. The project will take a new name after Nocturne. Perhaps one that will link humans and robots?

Info Glow, Zone 3: Barrington to Summer Street and Dalhousie Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Avenue

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