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Firefly is a wearable, social light installation. These playful, wearable Firefly pendants, flow through various light sequences, based on human contact and socialization patterns, engaging their audiences into discussion and exchange. From a vantage point the keepers of the fireflies will paint an array of light, data and human interaction into a new space. 250 Fireflies we’re distributed at the opening event of the Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau 2013 festival.
Firefly is an artistic collaboration between Mark Stephenson, Michael Grant and Darcy Whyte. Mark was responsible for established the artistic vision, visualizations, interactions along with managing timeline and development of the installation.
This project received funding and assistance from RecycleYourElectronics.ca, the Awesome Ottawa Foundation and ArtEngine and has recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for continued development on the project.
The HipsterMonocle is a small laser cut monocle like object with a handle and interchangeable lenses. The HipsterMonocle takes it’s inspiration from photo haring apps Instagram and Facebook. The monocle adopts the square photo format, rounds the corners and even has coloured lenses responding to the concept of filters. All said and done, it’s a fun, social analogue to Instagram.
Eventually the project comes full circle back to the online space with a web site that documents the use of the HipsterMonocle online via photos tagged with #hipstermonocle.
This project started as a concept exploration used as part of Mark's Designing for Laser cutting workshop. The project has since had a couple commissions; one for the Creative Cities Summit in Ottawa in 2013 and for a fundraiser for Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2014. For the NBOG fundraiser a new version of the monocle has been developed that has a specific connection to the theme of Detour.