Prada is an interactive light installation that allows participants to control a sphere of LEDs with their breath. The brainchild of art director Mike Potter, it was realized by an incredibly dedicated team at B-Reel.
Prana was exhibited by the Fridman Gallery for six weeks in 2015, where it became the backdrop for a series of lectures and musical performances by Steve Roggenbuck, Stephen Vitiello and others.
LEDs, wire, acrylic tube, FadeCandy, XeThru, metal, wood, custom software
The Sanskrit word “prana” refers to a cosmic life force the originates in the sun and enters the body through breath. In the act of breathing, we form a connection between ourselves and the universe.
Prana is a celebration of that connection and a meditation on the unseen energies of our bodies. The experience explores the relationship between breath and light, giving visitors the ability to visualize their energy through its impact on a sphere of 13,221 individual LEDs.
Prana took nine months to realize and was designed, modeled, fabricated and coded almost entirely by members of the studio.
Andrew Tracy, One Thousand Birds
Engadget, “Prana: An LED Exhibit That Breathes with You”
The Creators Project, “Inhale, Exhale: The LED Sphere That Lights Up Your Breath”
Hyperallergic, “Breathing Life into a High-Tech, Glowing Sphere”
Nautilus, “Sound, Light, and Biology Collide in ‘Prana’”
Mashable, “Art Exhibit Watches You Breathe and Builds You a Light Show”
Gothamist, “Gothamist Summer Guide: 20 Things to Do in July”
fubiz, “An Immersive Light Installation that Breathes with You”
A cyborg showed up to the opening.