Woven Light

Jason Bruges Studio

Location: UCLan Campus
Year: 2021

Jason Bruges Studio has become internationally renowned for producing innovative installations, interventions and ground breaking works. This practice involves creating interactive spaces and surfaces that sit between the world of architecture, site specific installation art and interaction design. Considered a pioneer of this hybrid in-between space, Jason has subsequently paved the way for a new genre of design studios, artists and designer-makers.

Jason Bruges Studio were invited to be part of the design team at the RIBA competition stage by Hawkins/Brown as a response to the design brief presented by UCLan that stated artists’ works and light should be considered as part of the overall design. They worked in collaboration with the architects to create a light installation that spreads across the square and through the entrance of the building acting as a way finder at night. The LED lights are embedded into the surface of the square linked to cameras and sensors

The work references the textile industry and newer high tech industries of the city making reference to circuits and networks. The sequences of lights will promote flow through the space as well as evoking emotional responses, picking up on people movements across the space. The work will evoke the sense of a sentient environment which both listens and speaks. The artwork will have breathing states and reactive states which respond to its environment; for example: – Time of day, day / night, specific time related events. The weather will be monitored and in turn will influence the lighting state with sequences responding to wind speed, precipitation, sun and cloud.

This will be a highly sophisticated sensory light installation that will be constantly responding to how the square is used and its place in the landscape.

Partners: UCLan Masterplan 2020, Bowmer + Kirkland, Hawkins & Brown.

In Certain Places

VB005A, Victoria Building
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE