A Bit in the Abyss was a public art installation project conceived and executed for Boston’s 2015 Illuminus Festival, which took over the streets outside Fenway Park during HUBweek. Cristoforo worked on this project with the metaLAB team from conception to execution. Among other aspects of the team effort, Cristoforo recorded and sampled sounds from the natural resonances and acoustics of a 10′ by 10′ shipping container in which a mirror room was ultimately created through team effort to visually amplify a light sculpture “server tower” placed in the center.
The light sculpture’s LEDs were programmed to increase in intensity and frequency corresponding to the growth of the internet (tracking the progression of the number of web hosts). To augment the light progression, the sounds Cris recorded were sampled programmatically to follow the light pattern. During the festival, visitors were invited to step into and partake in this experiential data visualization and watch the Internet “take off.”