Conceived by designers Speirs + Major and realised in collaboration with lighting manufacturer Reggiani, NightShift is an immersive installation that explores how artificial light contributes to the personal experience of urban space.
The installation is informed by snapshots of artificial light, recorded and fractured as a means of deconstructing the lit character of the city. These layers of illumination are projected into a cube through a single, simple prism. Shafts of light filter through a soft haze, reflected by mirrored walls and playing on the viewers within the space. Sound heightens the experience and helps guide emotions, combining with light to create a beguiling illusion of depth, mystery and magic.
In creating a narrative based on the qualities of urban light, Nightshift is designed to trigger recall of personal sensations and memories. Viewers experience a physical and psychological response that is at once stimulating, and yet strangely familiar.
As a pedestrian moves through the urban space at night, the dark sky provides a uniform backdrop for miscellaneous layers of artificial lighting. From the soft glow of streetlights to the stark flicker of the fluorescent lit convenience store, these layers encompass unique light qualities: colour, intensity, contrast, direction and movement. It is the build-up of these layers that form the character of any given space and it is these characters that create personal connections to the city at night.