Sound and Light

“A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts…A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…”

~William Gibson  Neuromancer


Images and video below from installation at the Charles H. Scott, Vancouver BC

The image below is documentation of the light sequence. Colour shifted over a 12 minute cycle on loop. The cycle was based on our own daylight cycle and a “mobile light” cycle (based on the electronic lighting of mobile devices).


Hear the Lines of Light Receding soundscape here. In the installation, the audio loops. Best heard on headphones or amplified stereo speakers:

Lines Of Light Receding Interviews Installation John Rao 2016 from aorpresents on Vimeo.


Images below are from the installation at the Abraham J. Rogatnick Media Gallery, Vancouver BC

Conceptual floor-plan and elevation for the space with monolith at front of the space. For final install, the monolith was moved to the back of the space:

darkroom_floor_plan darkroom_iso

This 10′ x 5′ Monolith was built by Philip Birkby for the installation Binary Ghost Planet. LED lights were installed on the sides behind frosted plexiglass. A light controller and dimmer are hidden in the base and operate independently of the soundscapes that play overhead from suspended speakers. (Photo John Rao)


The image below shows the right hand side of the monolith with light sequence changing.  (Photo: John Rao)


Image below details light levels in the Binary Ghost Planet installation. (Photo: Ross Kelly)


The video shows the intense darkness in the space. It also features some elements of the soundscape.

Binary Ghost Planet from aorpresents on Vimeo.

Two of the 5 audio pieces are below:

At the Gates:

Ping (Ritter Mix)






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