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Kraken Signal festival 2014 from Gabriela Prochazka on Vimeo.

audiovisual underwater installation

Vltava River, Prague, CZ
computer, open source softwares, microprocessor, digital LED lights, light transmitting materials
1800 x 500 x 100 cm

,,An uncertain world lies under the water surface.”

Kraken is a cryptid = from the Greek κρύπτω, krypto, meaning “hide” is a creature, whose existence has been suggested, but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. Legendary sea animal, gigantic in scale. It is said it lives in the northern seas. This time it arrives in Prague. One can miss it during the day, but not at night time, when it starts its own visual show, putting us in mind of the bioluminescent powers of deep water creatures.

teaser here
video of installation here



underwater light installation, 2015
software, microprocessor, various lights sources, light transmitting materials
250 x 65 x 35 cm
RGB Light Fest 2015, Rome, Italy

We are usually seeing natural water sources more mirror like structure, not being fully aware of the vibrant life under. But water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, unfortunately it gets destroyed before we even know what’s in there. There’s still a lot to explore, scientists says, we know only about 5% of the oceans. As most of our planet doesn’t feel the sun, it is in eternal darkness. Bioluminescence is rare on the ground, but almost a must in the deep. Using combination of lights and open source programming to achieve generative light show, reminding us of deep sea creatures. It’s an effort of extending biological evolution to simulate a new life form. It also offers questions of communication between artificial and natural species. Placed in an outdoor fountain, people with otherwise no time to look at art within a gallery setting, might get an inspiration and a sense of fantasy of our world.