The Royal College of Art was established in 1837 which is one of the most influential art and design institution in the world. RCA is also known for its prominent alumni including David Hockney who has a progressive auction sales record at Christie’s, the inventor of the dual cyclone vacuum cleaner, James Dyson and Apple’s previous chief design officer, Jonathan Ive.
This prestigious art and design school's IED(Information Experience Design) students collaborated their creative practice of design and experience with cutting-edge OLED. Let's take a look at what kind of new experience RCA IED students created using the cutting-edge OLED technology.
The Beginning of the Luminous Harmony
Project ‘Luminous’ was named after the distinguishable self-emissive pixel technology of OLED and the creative approach of using the OLED as an art canvas. 52 IED post graduate students have applied not only for the opportunity to practice their creativity using the transparent and curved OLED panels but also for a chance of exhibiting their work in public. After a strictly impartial judging process (e.g., level of technological approach and creativity), 5 finalists were nominated and prepared for the exhibition for two months.
Luminous Harmony on Old Street
Walking down on the Old Street, the shrine of artistic inspiration known as a ‘street art canvas’, you can discover countless controversial graffiti arts by many artists such as Banksy. After two months of intense preparation, on September 28th at the Old Street Gallery, 5 final artworks were revealed.
As soon as you walk into the gallery, the stunning four-layered Transparent OLED installation with spatial sound captivates the guests. The transparency and sound system provide different perspective of time by visualising the perceptual time in the form of light flux. This hologram-like installation showed a new side of OLED and even makes you think you can even touch.
The artwork ‘Behaviours’ uses the charcoal powder as the performer and captures the interactivity between the sound, paper, and charcoal – frequency and vibration from the sound create beautiful transforming artworks on the paper. This piece provides an immersive experience by the perfectly synced graphic and sound and every pixel works it best to deliver the ‘perfect black’ and the depth of the visual.
As you walk further into the gallery, a mesmerizing curved OLED and touch sensor installation takes your breath away. ‘Invisible Reinvention’ welcomes you to touch the interactive artifacts, which then triggers the graphics that portray the detailed carbon sequestration of ocean, soil and rocks.
A Room with a View
‘A Room with a View’ creates a contrasting disruption by mimicking a window in a home using two OLED displays. This hyper-realistic virtual reality installation was created using a 3D computer game software, Unreal Engine. It makes you susceptible to confusing virtual reality with an actual view of a window and the space shifting graphics steal your attention.
‘ALPHA[BETA]’ paints colorful visuals on two Transparent OLED panels, representing post-language communication between brainwave scan and art. This mysterious yet captivating audio-visual art piece enables the communication beyond language and the affluent artwork hold the guests spellbound.
Finale of the Luminous Harmony
The five finalist artworks went through another review by the judges and three winners will receive a prize and an exclusive tour of its R&D facilities and the hub of OLED technology in Korea.
5 special judges including Marc Barto, the digital producer at Victoria & Albert museum and Kadine James, the metaverse strategist and one of the most influential female leader in digital and technology all agreed how difficult it was to select winners from such creative and distinguishable artworks.
– Marc Barto, Digital Producer at London Victoria & Albert Museum
– Kadine James, Metaverse Strategist
Finally, the winners are being announced.
- 1st place, ALPHA[BETA], Finbar Marcel
- 2nd Place, A Room with a View, Alexandra Topaz, Devanshi Rungta and Laura Selby
- 3rd place, Time-flux, Jiajing Zhao and Yueshen Wu
1st place, Finbar Marcel
2nd Place, Alexandra Topaz, Devanshi Rungta and Laura Selby
3rd place, Jiajing Zhao and Yueshen Wu
Finbar Marcel, ALPHA[BETA], 1st place winner
– Dr Danielle Barrios-O’neill, Head of IED at the Royal College of Art
Luminous project has showcased the limitless potential of OLED technology and encouraged young artists. We look forward to seeing more artistic collaboration powered by the essential media art canvas, the OLED.