Glowing umbrellas and art without authorship

The modern performance company Pilobolus and MIT’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory teamed up at PopTech 2012 along with several hundred volunteers for a collaborative art excercise. Guided by a camera fixed on a towering crane, the volunteers moved around holding umbrellas fixed with LED lights to spontaneously create dramatic colorful formations in a darkened outdoor amphitheater. 

The modern performance company Pilobolus and MIT’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory teamed up at PopTech 2012 along with several hundred volunteers for a collaborative art excercise. Guided by a camera fixed on a towering crane, the volunteers moved around holding umbrellas fixed with LED lights to spontaneously create dramatic colorful formations in a darkened outdoor amphitheater. The results are stunning.

During the Pilobolus and MIT Robotic’s Lab’s Umbrella Project collaboration last Saturday night, we were also able to contribute to the Pilobolus VOTE Project

Check out #pilobolusVOTEproject on Instagram and submit yours or send your lo-res photo to info@pilobolus.org!

Last night’s Pilobolus outdoor Umbrella Project from above by Christopher LaCasse.

TONIGHT: Pilobolus outdoor Umbrella Project in the Camden Amphitheater


From 6:00-7:00p.m. in the Bok Amphitheater in Camden, Pilobolus will enlist several hundred volunteers to participate in a large-scale, live performance using umbrellas fabricated with multi-colored LED lights created by the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory. The performance will be simultaneously projected onto a large screen.

Volunteers are welcome on the spot!

Oooh! Here’s a peek of the umbrellas fabricated with multi-colored LED lights created by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for the Pilobolus Outdoor Umbrella Project.

(Image via Whitney Chris