NOTE: Lumia Learning does not capture any camera footage or data other than to track when a person enters the space in front of it and the length to which they stay. Each person that enters Lumia Learning's view is anonymized and no recognition beyond body presence / skeletal tracking is utilized.
Friday, August 5th
Currently, Lumia Learning is learning away at the Glendale Galleria. Across from the children's play area on the second floor, near the entrance to JCPenney's, Lumia Learning is surveying what colors, speeds, and forms garner the most attention to itself. It does this via a Kinect sensor, tracking persons as they stand in front of the work. As people do so it adds more 'weight' to the currently observed colors and forms. It uses these 'weights' to determine how it should alter its patterns for future runs. Let's take a look at what's been observed thus far, but, before we do that, let's talk about a new element of the work for its exhibition at the Glendale Galleria.
Clavilux in the right side window at the Glendale Galleria location
Thomas Wilfred with one of his Clavilux cabinets
New for Lumia Learning's Glendale exhibition is an accompanying Clavilux - a small shadowbox / light cabinet inspired by Thomas Wilfred's home version of his larger scale light performances. Here, the Clavilux resolves an element present in past exhibitions of Lumia Learning: that unless one watched the duration of the work over a prolonged period, or, unless someone read through the entirety of the data presented, the changes of the work are not immediately evident. In a sense, this caused the presentation of data to become the site of realization for the work. I've long held this as a self-critique. Thus, instead, here, while Lumia Learning incrementally changes and tailors itself to audience taste, the Clavilux takes a more extreme approach, representing the peak colors and speed chosen by viewership. While Lumia Learning continues to be a mutable testing and shifting work, Clavilux represents the current popular form, realized. The two of them in tandem help to further the vision of the work, to present the pursuit of ideal form by survey and surveillance of viewership.
Animation of data observed thus far
Current results as of August 5th
Thus far, Lumia Learning has seen some shifting and jostling between color preferences with few breakout colors. Light blue has emerged as the most preferred color and the Clavilux as a result will turn light blue. With all the jostling, however, a dominant color has, until yesterday, been difficult to define. A look at the colors more simplified reveals a trend, and an impetus for change in the work:
Animation of data observed thus far, grouped
Current grouped results as of August 5th
By examining the colors in larger groups, we can see some trends emerging that will result in the lessening of colors. Reds and Purples in particular show an underperformance, particularly in comparison to Blues. As a result, Blue, Light Blue and to a lesser degree, Red-Orange and Orange, will encroach and absorb Reds and Purples, likely eliminating them in the long run. We'll be able to observe this effect in the coming week.
Animation of speed data observed thus far
Current speed results as of August 5th
Where color has started to alter and produce some specific results, speed has been more elusive. Observers seem evenly split between whether the piece should move slower or faster. This has caused a bit of a stalemate in Lumia Learning thus far. Though a slight preference for slower speeds is shown, the low middle-point brings us back to a net zero. The Clavilux in the meantime, will do as it is meant to, and read these results as absolute - it will move slower. More data is needed for the piece to alter the speed of the color forms Lumia Learning presents, however. Speaking of forms...
Example of a Linear Hue Curve
Example of a Parabolic Hue Curve
For the second week of its run, Lumia Learning will be testing an alternate hue curve for the color forms. Instead of a Linear curve in their changing, Lumia will attempt a Parabolic curve. It will determine a preference in six days, and then, attempt to invert the result, whether Linear or Parabolic. These curves ensure that while the forms follow the color results mentioned above, they fully don't wash out against the backdrop (ie. blue on blue, or green on green). Lumia Learning will have a determination on preference next week.
Conclusions: Lumia Learning continues to gather data and be observed. Weekends tend to bring more traffic, and thus more drastic results to the work, so, by mid-next week we should see more alterations to the light. Stay tuned to this page as Lumia Learning and its accompanying Clavilux continue their run at the Glendale Galleria through August 31st.