Speed of Light festival


by Lucy Trevallion


One hundred illuminated volunteers lit up Yokohama’s city and waterfront in Japan earlier this month as part of the international debut of the project Speed of Light.

Speed of Light is an art project run by NVA which aims to bring runners together through a collective act of mass participation and the fusing of art and sport.

The runners, aged 17-70 wore LED bodysuits, generated by their own power and remote controlled through wireless technology.

“Its focus on innovative lighting technology as well as human movement and mass participation fits well in a Japan where new energy-saving technology and collective action are all features of the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.”

Speed of Light Yokohama was part of the annual festival Smart Illumination Yokohama, which is themed on sustainability and energy-saving technology and took place on Wednesday October 31 to Sunday November 4.

The Speed of Light project also investigates the physiological and psychological aspects of endurance running, exploring the impact upon the body and the extent to which the power of the mind can override physical pain.

Check out the video of the project above, and for more information see www.nva.org.uk.


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The debut of nva's speed of light was actually part of this year's Edinburgh Festival where every night for a month runners took to the trails criss crossing the Salisbury Crags while walker audiences with glowing Gandalph walking sticks climbed to the top of Arthur's Seat to view. I participated on different nights as both a runner and a walker and I have to say it was an amazing experience. There's nothing like running about a hillside in the pitch dark whilst wearing a Tron suit to make you smile!!
Posted: 23/11/2012 at 17:40

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