Soma Holiday is a freelance software engineer, LED artist, creative coder, and educator.
I also cook, dance, write, and occasionally refer to myself in third person.
I'm motivated by magic: the magic of a new ability learned, of a new skill exercised, of a new connection formed.
Drop me a line. Let's make magic.
in collaboration with Thomas Heidtmann and Jemma Woolmore
Lacuna Lab : Activation
22 April 2016
Tycho is an interactive object that mimics the shape and behaviour of the James Webb Space Telescope by capturing light with a sensor and transmitting its colour via LEDs to a mirrored hexagonal surface, where it modulates a projection sequence inspired by images of the birth and death of stars.
By creating a cycle of sensory input and output, the line between the observer and the observed blurs, and a question emerges: who is the true viewer?
The IT Show
5 December 2014
"Augenlicht" is an archaic German word for eyesight, literally "eye light". Obviously the eye does not emit actual rays of light, yet the act of visual perception--particularly of shape and colour--is more than a passive, mechanical reaction to stimuli. Human sight consists of an interplay so physiologically and psychologically complex that one could say it is through the "eye's light" that the world is lit, grasped, and understood.
Viewers are invited to interact with the mirrored wall-hanging sculpture via an infrared hand sensor on a pedestal in front of the piece.
in collaboration with Orlagh O'Brien
25 July 2014
By monitoring two infrared LEDs in the cabinet door, we can detect how far open the door is. Using this information, we display a different memory scene each time the door is closed. The audio of each scene is also modulated by the door, though this effect is not apparent in this silent footage.
The laptop controlling this piece was stolen from the gallery opening night, rendering the software itself a performance: it exists only in memory now.
12 August 2015
An array of 105 LEDs installed inside a cloud of dodecahedrons, with a microphone hanging down.
Final project by Gabriel dos Santos at the School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe, for which I was technical advisor.