Traffic Lights is a light and sound installation by Jakob Marsico, based on the patterns created by live-streaming traffic cameras. Using computer vision, custom software, generative sound design and dynamic lighting, Traffic Lights translates real-time CCTV traffic footage into an immersive experience; exposing the otherwise unrecognized patterns we create throughout our built environment.
TrafficLights was created with support from a microgrant from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier (FRFAF) — an endowment founded to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines.
Jakob Marsico is an interaction designer and media artist. He runs Ultra Low Res Studio, an arts-engineering firm that works with developers and architects to integrate dynamic, experiential installations with the built environment. Marsico currently holds an adjunct instructor position at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the CoDe Lab in CMU’s School of Architecture.