Alchemy of Light
Interactive Installation with Live Performers (2010)
Alchemy of Light melds 19th century illusionism with current interactive technologies to depict the life of the legendary magician Torrini as a parable from a time when our lives first became mediated by machines.
In the 19th century the legendary Torrini, always at the forefront of technological development, was reknowned for his astonishing illusions. One evening during a performance he accidentally killed his own child. Torrini spent the rest of his life vainly trying to conjure back his lost family. Alchemy of Light guides the audience through a series of 7 interactive installations which use live and virtual encounters with representations of the Torrini family to explore the seduction and limits of technology.