Mark Stephenson

Visual artist and designer

Firefly

Firefly is a wearable, social light installation. These playful, wearable Firefly pendants, flow through various light sequences, based on human contact and socialization patterns, engaging their audiences into discussion and exchange. From a vantage point the keepers of the fireflies paint an array of light, data and human interaction into a new space.

Firefly is an artistic collaboration between Mark Stephenson, Michael Grant and Darcy Whyte originally conceived for Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau in 2018. The project is continues on in a new version by Mark Stephenson and Michael Grant funded through a Media Arts grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
 

Media Coverage:

Ottawa Citizen: Nuit Blanche Will be Lit Up With Sponsored Fireflies

Metro Ottawa: Social media FireFly will light the night at Nuit Blanche

Awesome Ottawa: Firefly July 2013 Recipient

Art and Science Journal: Firefly by Lumipendant

 

Firefly has been spotted at:

Awesome Ottawa 100K Party - 2017 (Firefly V2)

Ottawa Maker Fair - 2016 (Firefly V2 & V1)

Ottawa Maker Fair - 2015 (Firefly V1)

Awesome Ottawa - 2015 (Firefly V1)

Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau - 2013 (Firefly V1) 

These playful, wearable Firefly pendants, flow through various light sequences, based on human contact and socialization patterns, engaging their audiences into discussion and exchange.

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A new Firefly is in the works. Completely rethought from the ground up to provide a slightly different experience and opportunity for expression as well as addressing some interaction improvements over the original.  The design and hardware is complete and we are working on the software. Expect to see some Firefly installations in the next year.

The Firefly project was originally conceived for Nuit Blanche.

250 Fireflies we’re distributed at the opening event of the Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau 2013 festival.

Firefly V1 was an artistic collaboration between Mark Stephenson, Michael Grant and Darcy Whyte. This project received funding and assistance from RecycleYourElectronics.ca, the Awesome Ottawa Foundation and ArtEngine and has recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for continued development on the project. Version 2 is underway and will be revealed soon.

Firefly V1 Highlights
Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau 2013

The next generation of Firefly

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