DEEP WEB – audiovisual kinetic installation and performance

Artists Christopher Bauder & Robert Henke  Year 2016-2019  City Berlin, Germany / Lyon, France

DEEP WEB is a monumental immersive audiovisual installation and live performance created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke. Presented in enormous pitch-dark indoor spaces, DEEP WEB plunges the audience into a ballet of iridescent kinetic light and surround sound.

The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25-meter wide and 10-meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colorful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness.

The installation brings together decades of separate research and experimentation by two artists with unique visions and passions for sound and light, and by innovative companies working in these fields. High-end laser system manufacturer LaserAnimation SOLLINGER provided the technical expertise and development for spatial laser setup, while the motor winch systems and main control software are developed by WHITEvoid and KINETIC LIGHTS. This novel combination of computer controlled kinetic elements and laser systems allows for setting animated end points to normally infinite laser beams. DEEP WEB uses light as a tangible material to construct three-dimensional vector drawings in thin air.

The work was originally commissioned by the Festival of Lights Lyon 2015, and developed in cooperation with local producer Tetro+A. Due to the festival’s cancellation after the tragic events in Paris, Berliners had the unique chance to attend an exclusive preview during CTM 2016 Festival before the project was presented in December 2016 at the Festival of Lights Lyon.

Production Berlin 2019
Kraftwerk Berlin

Production Lyon

Production Berlin 2016
CTM Festival
Kraftwerk Berlin

Technical support

LaserAnimation SOLLINGER

2019 Kraftwerk Berlin / Berlin, DE
2016 Festival of Lights / Lyon, FR
2016 CTM Festival / Berlin, DE

2016 darc awards / Best Light Art
2016 ILDA Award / 1st Place

Ralph Larmann (Berlin)
Andrea Aubert (Lyon)

Till Beckmann

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