Toronto Through My Lens

“Optik” at Yonge-Dundas Square

The last couple of times I’ve passed through Yonge-Dundas Sqaure I’ve noticed these odd gyroscope things, with people spinning them around. It turns out this is a project entitled Optik.

Optik is an interactive installation that incorporates sound, light, and touch to create a multi-sensory experience. The installation features 10 gyroscope-like displays that produce various rhythmic sounds and cascades of colour when manipulated in a spinning motion.

It’s a bit of a multimedia experience: users spin and rotate the disks to reveal a spectacle of colour. No matter the time of day, the dichroic film built into the centre of each display reflects rays of lights. There is also sound: you can hear notes of 10 different instruments that sing out as the user manipulates the forms to create unique sounds and rhythms. The sounds match the speed the discs are spun – fast, slow or in harmony with another.

The Creation Team

Optik was created by The Urban Conga team in collaboration with Serge Maheu

Click here if you’d like to learn a little more about the project in Yonge-Dundas Square.

1 Comment

  1. Bob K

    This looks really cool and it’s the kind of thing I would be totally on top of, were I still in the city. Thanks for sharing this.

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