Tekton is an ongoing collaboration between
Labmeta and D-Fuse exploring the materiality
and temporality of light in motion.
Multi-layered light-emitting objects are
organised into kinetic structures that are
governed by algorithmic systems to create
light machines. As the mechanics of the
machines are rendered invisible, traces of
light remain. The fragile binaries of disorder
and pattern, light and dark, harmony and
disarray, human and machine become delicately
balanced as the traces of light are stabilised
in motion and ghost-like images hang in the
Drawing Inspiration from the kinetic
architecture of Vladimir Tatlin, and the
constructivist light space modulators of
László Moholy-Nagy, a range of physical and
virtual light machines have been developed
in the form of audiovisual films, a live
audiovisual performance and kinetic light
D-Fuse are a London-based artist collective
who work across a range of media. Founded in
the mid-1990s by Michael Faulkner D-Fuse’s
output encompasses installations, film,
experimental documentary, photography,
live cinema performances and architectural
Labmeta is the studio of designer, artist
and animator Paul Mumford, specialising in
projects with audiovisual elements that weave
through design, moving image and installation.
Beginning in graphics, web design and
VJing, D-Fuse’s work has evolved to address
social and environmental themes and explore
collaborative processes.
Besides work with groundbreaking musicians
from a wide range of genres including Steve
Reich, Beck, Burnt Friedman, Hauschka,
Scanner and Swayzak; much of D-Fuse’s output
since 2004 includes sound and music by audio
director Matthias Kispert.
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Creatively his work focuses on research in
the fields of experimental narrative and
live performance while exploring the complex
moments of everyday life, visions of the
future and stories about machines.
His work has been shown at many galleries
such as the London BFI, V&A Museum, Tate
Britain and the ICA and have been performed
internationally at events such as Cybersonica,
Onedotzero, STRP, Multiplicidades, Mapping,
Cimatics and Sonar.
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Kinetic Light Sculpture, 2ch Sound
by Mike Faulkner & Paul Mumford
Model by Toby Harris
Sound by Matthias Kispert
Tekton One Three is a machine that prints
light in space: A strip of LEDs are put in
vertical motion by a motor, while the LEDs
themselves are programmed with touch designer
to emit sequences of light in horizontal
patterns. In the relationship between these
two directions of movement, between light
traversing space and after-image imprinted on
the retina, various complex patterns emerge.
Dots, lines and curves overlap to create
traces of movement, light and dark, pattern
and disorder, harmony and dissonance.
Wood Street Gallery [Pittsburgh, USA]
Audiovisual Films, 1-5ch with Mono Sound
by Mike Faulkner & Paul Mumford
Sound by Matthias Kispert
Tektõn Two Zero is a series of audiovisual
films exploring a light machine made from an a
high speed spinning panel of lights.
As the panel revolves it leaves trace artifacts
of light behind. The artists have explored
feeding this virtual machine with different
kinds of video footage and animations as
the light source, so the whole construction
becomes an image processing device. Each video
clip that is processed through the machine
outputs an entirely different and unique light
sculpture that becomes almost frozen in time.
Exhibitions & Screenings:
Wood Street Gallery [Pittsburgh, USA]
Kinetica Art Fair/P3 Gallery [London, UK]
Hackney Film Festival [London, UK]
Onedotzero Festival [London, UK]
45min Live Audiovisual Performance
by Mike Faulkner, Paul Mumford & Matthias
Tekton live presents extracts of the various
Tekton light machines developed by Dfuse
and Labmeta as a projected audio-visual
Segments of animation, film and realtime
simulations are performed live and presented
on 2 layers of projection screens. A
transparent gauze hangs in front of the
performers with a solid projection screen at
the back of the stage allowing the images
to hang in the air to create a highly
spatialised, three dimensional experience.
Storung Festival [Barcelona, Spain]
Punto y Raya Festival [Reykjavik, Iceland]
STRP Biennale [Eindhoven, Holland]
Multiplicidades [Rio De Janiero, Brazil]
A/vant Garde – Kings Place [London, UK]
Redsonic Festival – Zero Edition [London, UK]
Min 4m x 4m dark gallery space. Other indoor
locations can be considered such as light
industrial spaces. Available ceiling height
must be min 2.5m.
• x2 Contact Microphones & Cabling
• x1 2ch Mixer
The machinery can be packed down and shipped
in x2 large Tubes and x2 Peli Cases using an
international shipping company such as DHL or
Aluminium uprights must be purchased and
shipped direct to the venue by the gallery.
The length of these uprights should match the
ceiling height of the exhibition space and
they will need to have mouting holes drilled
into the metal before being fastened to the
floor and ceiling with mounting brackets and
heavy duty fastenings. Ideally it should be
fastended to concrete or solid brick.
Safety must be considered and is the
resposnibility of the venue/promotor. We
recommend an approx 20cm high plinth around
the base of the machine with a min of 90cm
clearance from any moving parts.
Set up time is approx 3-4 days. Multiple
gallery staff will be needed to assist with
the build.
Drawings available on request
x2 Ladders to rach ceiling
x2 Aluminim Uprights purchased from ITEM
Onsite Access to a Pillar Drill & Workbench
Each upright requires 22 holes to be drilled
Each upright must be fastened top & bottom
• x4 Earthed Power Leads at ceiling height
individually switchable by gallery staff
• x2 of those power leads must have 2m of
reach from ceiling
• Each power lead will be terminated directly
on PSU terminals - No plugs required
• M6 Drillbit for Metal
• M4 Drillbit for Metal
• White Plinth around the base of the machine
Can be presented in a wide range of formats
either as a projection or on video monitors.
(Quantities depend on configuration)
Currently available as 1ch, 2ch and 5ch
Each Image should be presented with Stero
Sound played through directional speakers so
each image can distinctly be identified with
the attached sound.
Playback files can be supplied by the artists
as Quicktime Movies. Suitable playback devices
must be supplied.
Drawing available on Request
1080p or Higher Resolution Monitor
DVI Cables to Playback Device
Playback Device for Quicktime File
Directional Stero Speakers
Audio Cables from Playback Device
Approx 6m x 5m stage area to accomodate a
solid 16:9 projection screen at the back of
the space and a hanging transparent guaze at
the front of the space hung from ceiling truss
or similar.
Two Projectors with a min of 5k Lumens, 10k
preferable. Sightlines from audience should
allow them to see through the two images on
the front and back screens.
In the centre of the performance space a table
of approx 4-5m wide and 1.5m deep should
be place and draped with black cloth. The
artist’s silohettes should be visible between
the two projections so may need to be raised
on staging.
The performance requires as dark a space
as possible. Ambient light levels have a
dramatic effect on the brightness of the image
projected onto the gauze.
The sound system needs to be able to handle
loud sub-bass while keeping the sound clean.
Drawings available on Request
x1-2 PROJECTORS 10k Lumens
x2 VGA Cables from Artists to Projectors
x2 VGA Flat Panel Monitors
x2 VGA splitters/DA AMPs
x8 UK Power Sockets
x1 16:9 Screen
x1 16:9 Sharks Tooth Guaze
x1 Long Pole to Weigh down the Guaze
x1 CD Player - plus cabling to Mixer.
x1 Mackie Mixer or similar - 8 channels.
x1 Monitor Speaker for sound performers
x1 Monitor Speaker video performers.
x2 Sets of 4m XLR to 3.5mm Jacks
Basic stage Lighting onto the artists