Ning Ning

An interactive swarm of LED fireflies

Ning Ning is an interactive swarm of LED fireflies that reacts to motion amidst stillness. The installation encourages quiet reflection by piquing the interest of passersby with dynamically choreographed LEDs masquerading as flirtatious lightning bugs.

Fireflies are magical. In some cultures they are thought to represent fallen stars or the souls of the deceased. As an indoor/outdoor installation, Ning Ning brings the magic of fireflies to both sides of the Rockies enchanting viewers as they walk by and inspiring them to embrace slowness and sparkle.

In Tagalog, ‘ning ning’ is like the twinkling of stars or the sparkling of diamonds. This project is dedicated to my ninang Editha who introduced me to the word and to my good friend Yunie Kim. Panchak, panchak. RIP.

Ning Ning was co-produced by the Banff New Media Institute (2010).

2019: Lusio, Volunteer Park (Seattle, WA, USA)
2015: LIGHT: Illuminating Science & Art, Science World (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
2014: Storefronts Seattle (Seattle, WA, USA)
2011: First Night (Raleigh, NC, USA)
2010: Container Art exhibition at the 100th Anniversary PNE Fair (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
2010: Nuit Blanche (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Cadin Batrack, Sandra Semchuck, Makiko Yoshii and Morgan Rauscher at Mondo Matrix, Banff New Media Institute and everyone who helped at the wiring bees (including Tommy, Owen, Angus, Kay, Laura, Fee, Steve, Javi Lloret, Laura Silver, Fee Plumley, Laura Briseño, David McCallum, Tiki Mulvihil, Léola LeBlanc, Heidi Boisvert and Jessica Thompson), David Morgan, Yang Hong, Ahmad Konash, Jennifer Rotermund, Gaiaceous Gardens, Robert Blumberg, Samantha Hiatt, Allan Padgett, Storefronts Seattle, Anne Blackburn

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