Tektōn is an ongoing collaboration between Mike Faulkner (D-Fuse) and Paul Mumford (Labmeta). A series of works explore the spatio-temporal qualities of light and motion. Digital/machinic instruments are used to engineer different formations of kinetic light. As these light machines are rendered invisible we witness the traces of structure and spatial presence.

Inspired by the constructivist designs of Vladimir Tatlin, and László Moholy-Nagy’s Light Space Modulator, physical or mechanical rules are used as creative constraints in a moving architecture of light. Each set of constraints give way to the production of a different tool, resulting in emergent behaviours and forms. The traces of light organise themselves in the tension between noise and pattern.

Beginning as a series of audiovisual shorts with artists including Hauschka, L’Usine and Swayzak, the project has gradually evolved into an audio-visual performance, a sequence of audiovisual films (Tekton Two-Zero), as well as, a large scale kinetic sculpture (Tekton One-Three).

Tektōn One Three functions as a machine that prints light in space: A strip of LEDs is put in vertical motion by a motor, while the LEDs themselves are programmed with touch designer to emit sequences of light in horizontal patterns. In the relationship between these two directions of movement, between light transversing space and afterimage imprinted on the retina, various complex patterns emerge. Dots, lines and curves overlap to create traces of movement, light and dark, pattern and disorder, harmony and dissonance.

Kinetic Light Sculpture, 2ch Sound
Created by Mike Faulkner & Paul Mumford
Initial Model by Toby Harris
Sound by Matthias Kispert