RAB Lighting Presents Cumulus: An Interactive Exhibition of Light and Sound

Northvale, NJ (PRWEB) May 13, 2015

RAB Lighting announces the opening of Cumulus: An Interactive Exhibition of Light and Sound. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN, a citywide celebration of design and is located at the RAB gallery in the heart of New York’s Chelsea arts district at 535 W 24th Street. The opening reception will be held on May 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm during which the designer, Michael Szivos of SOFTlab, and the curator, Karen Bookatz, will be present to discuss the installation with guests.

Inspired by the complex geometries and deliberate behavior of lightning, Cumulus aims to replicate naturally occurring optical effects using LED lighting and digital technology. Suspended from a single ceiling beam, the installation — a lightweight structure comprised of acrylic tubes, 3D-printed nylon joints and LED strips — takes on the physical embodiment of an abstracted cloud. The “cloud” has been digitally programmed to respond to environmental sound, thereby interacting with viewers in delightfully spontaneous and engaging ways.

The exhibition runs through July 3rd and is open to the public weekdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

About RAB Lighting

RAB Lighting is a leading manufacturer of affordable, durable and energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures. Located in Northvale, New Jersey and founded in 1946, RAB offers well-designed, professional grade lighting through a broad network of electrical distributors. RAB also offers lighting design and engineering services, free of charge, to produce lighting layouts. For more information, call (888) RAB-1000 or visit http://www.rabweb.com.

About SOFTlab

SOFTlab is a design studio based in New York City. Michael Szivos created the studio shortly after earning a graduate degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. The studio has since designed and produced projects across almost every medium, from digitally fabricated large-scale sculpture to interactive design to immersive digital video installations. As the studio adjusts to a wide range of projects, we are focusing less on medium and more on ideas.

As a studio, SOFTlab embraces projects that are strange, difficult, blurry and straddle multiple mediums. The constraints of each project are treated as opportunities and tested through a collaborative studio environment with the hopes of solving typical problems in new ways, with new tools. Through the studio’s unique blend of backgrounds as designers, artists, architects and educators, we are able to approach every project from a fresh perspective to create rich spatial, graphic, interactive and visual experiences. By mixing research, creativity and technology with a strong desire to make work fun, SOFTlab attempts to create new and unique experiences.

In 2012 SOFTlab was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, and previously in 2010 the studio was selected for the New Practices New York award by the AIA Chapter of New York along with 7 other young studios. The studio has produced a wide range of design projects and collaborated with various artists, designers, publications and institutions including MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Hall of Science, Eyebeam, New Museum, Vice Media, Intel, The New York Times, Surface Magazine, EPFL, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. The studio has exhibited work in galleries throughout New York City. The studio continues to work on many projects in New York while taking on new projects and clients in Europe and Asia.


About Karen Bookatz

Karen is a creative marcom and public relations consultant, catering to a variety of clients spanning the design, tech and fine arts industries. Before becoming an independent, she worked for creative pioneers and design industry leaders for 10+ years. In 2013, she was awarded ‘Best in Creativity‘ by Mayor Bloomberg for her team’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge prototype. She is also the Co-Founder/Director of Blue Box Gallery, a creative consultancy dedicated to contemporary explorations in New Media art and digital culture, and frequently moonlights as an independent curator and cultural producer.

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