Uwe Rieger (DE/NZ), Yinan Liu (NZ), Tharindu Kaluarachchi (LK), Amit Barde (IN)

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Tue Sep 6, 2022, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed Sep 7, 2022, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu Sep 8, 2022, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri Sep 9, 2022, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri Sep 9, 2022, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat Sep 10, 2022, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat Sep 10, 2022, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun Sep 11, 2022, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
St. Mary's Cathedral
The best viewing times for LightSense is after sunset.

LightSense introduces a new generation of responsive architecture. It invites the audience to engage in intimate and meaningful interaction with a living architectural body. The kinetic construction combines a lightweight structure with 3D holographic animations. An integrated AI system, which has been trained on sixty thousand poems, allows the structure to engage, lead and sustain conversations with the visitor. LightSense inspires the audience to engage in direct communication about topics we care about. Its responses are truly associative, unpredictable, meaningful, magical and deeply emotional. LightSense listens with interest and curiosity before responding from a personal viewpoint. Analyzing the emotional tenor of this conversation, the system is able to transform into a series of hybrid architectural volumes, immersing the visitors in Pavilions of Love, Anger, Curiosity and Joy.

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Uwe Rieger is an Associate Professor for Design and Design Technology at the University of Auckland, where he has established the arc/sec Lab for Cyber-Physical Architecture and Interactive Systems. His work as an architect and researcher aims to connect the intangible digital world with multi-sensory qualities of physical constructions and spaces.

Yinan Liu is a digital artist and programmer with an architectural background from the University of Auckland. She has developed a number of installations as part of the arc/sec Lab. Yinan is the founding partner of arc/sec Solutions ltd., which develops customized applications for cross-reality environments and interactive systems. @arcsec

Tharindu Kaluarachchi has most recently completed his PhD at the Augmented Human Lab of the University of Auckland, focusing on Human-Centered Machine Learning. He aims to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence (AI) and human behavior towards refining the user-centric approach for leveraging cutting-edge AI technologies to solve real-world human problems, explicitly focusing on non-AI-experts.

Amit Barde is a Research Fellow at the Empathic Computing Lab at the University of Auckland. His research interests are centered around the use of spatialized auditory feedback for information delivery and the role of sound in empathy. Amit is also an experienced sound designer, having worked on numerous short films, advertisement campaigns and theatre productions.


arc/sec Lab, University of Auckland: Uwe Rieger & Yinan Liu
Augmented Human Lab, UoA: Tharindu Kaluarachchi, Suranga Nanayakkara
Empathic Computing Lab, UoA: Amit Barde
New Dexterity Group, UoA: JunBang Liang, Gaogeng Gao, Minas Liarokapis
Support: Jacky Zheng, Yan Li, Kenny Chau, Nicolas Fuentes Wilson
The project was funded by the University of Auckland