The Art of Engineering

Enabling Technology Laboratory Unleashes "Vulcan's Fury" at Second Annual Light Dreams Festival

light dreams 2014The west exterior wall of the Alys Stephens Center (facing the BEC) will be wrapped in fabric and turned into a 60- by 120-foot digital-art canvas at the second annual Light Dreams festival. The free event will be held nightly May 8-10.On May 8, 9, and 10, the west exterior wall of the Alys Stephens Center was wrapped in fabric and turned into a giant projection screen for the second annual Light Dreams festival, a free celebration of art, music, dance, light—and engineering.

This year's festival featured an interactive game designed by the School of Engineering’s Enabling Technology Laboratory. “We will have a 3D interactive game that we will be running, called 'Vulcan's Fury,'” said Corey Shum, the laboratory's technical director, in an interview with al.com prior to the event. “Everybody in the audience can go to a web page on their phones, and they'll get an avatar. They can tell that character to move left or right. Everybody can be up on the wall at the same time.”

 The festival also featured the premiere of architecturally mapped “light dreams” projection shows in 3-D, with glasses included. The event’s centerpiece was the return of Jean-Jacques Gaudel’s architecturally mapped digital projection, “Artist Somnia,” a sequence of five dreams.

More information

Experiencing the Arts (UAB News)

Dreaming in 3D (al.com)