IAAC has been invited again to participate in the Llum BCN Urban Light Festival in Barcelona, an event that illustrates the capabilities of light, digital technology, movement, virtual reality or AI to be a intrinsic part of the cityscape and its ability to merge with the architectural design of the urban environment. 

It is with great excitement we communicate that the IAAC is participating once again in the event. This time, our MAA second year students will present a site specific installation entirely designed, prototyped and installed by them, under the guidance of faculty Luis Fraguada and Cristian Rizzuti.

The installation is called “EOLICA” and transforms the people’s breath into light energy that activates an urban lot and the railways. Citizens become agents of transformation of the space, and control its transformation.

The installation is activated by people playing with pinwheels while their rotations get measured by an IR sensor. The RPM of the pinwheels gets translated into the lights that will flow from the pinwheels towards the back of the site in gentle waves that use a sine curve to generate the path on the warped grid of led bulbs.


Project description:
This project is going to connect people through memories. Using objects from childhood and with consideration to the electrical nature of our site, we are using the power of people’s breath to ‘charge’ a field of lights.

The site is cut through by a train line that speaks to movement and a rush of wind, anticipation and collective experience. The site is also occupied as an electrical transformer station giving us the identity of electricity. The concept is our shared experiences can transform this site into a place of wonder.

The technologies used will include sensors for the speed of the pinwheels, the sequences and lights, the sounds generat- ed and the final network of lights.

This shared experience will show people, the idea of shared memories, we all played with pinwheels as children. The light flows will transform the sight and, we all feel anticipation when we see something building.


Project team:

Faculty: Luis Fraguada, Cristian Rizzuti
Students: Aysel Abasova, Yigitalp Behram, Ankita Alessandra Bob, Pratik Girish Borse, Holly Victoria Carton, Daria Ciobanu-Enescu, Fiona Demeur, Manan Jain, Tolga Kalcioglu, Anton Koshelev, Kristine Kuprijanova, Timothy Lam, Logesh Mahalingam, Ivan Marchuk, Hena Micoogullari, Aishath Nadh Ha Naseer, Eszter Olah, Haresh Ragunathan, Surayyn Selvan, Megan Yates Smylie, Oana Taut, Hongyu Wang, Yimeng Wei, Doruk Yildirim

OffLlum BCN at Fab Lab Barcelona

IAAC was present as well in the #OffLlumBCN version of the festival, a circuit of mid and small-format lighting installations designed by Poblenou Urban District & friends.

People came & experienced the magic of OffLlum at Fab Lab Barcelona & IAAC, with “Jugando con la Luz” a play with light by our Future Learning Unit and “Resoline” – an installation by Joris Vos at Fab City Hub that takes the air pollution data and creates a new way to understand global pollution problem.

An alternative tour of the LlumBCN Festival that seeks to focus on experimental light art and local proposals of the spaces of creation and innovation that form the creative community of Poblenou.