© Alan McAteer
  © Alan McAteer
 © Amano Studio
  © Amano Studio
 
 © Ross Aitken
  © Ross Aitken
 © Alan McAteer
  © Alan McAteer

Overview

Speed of Light is a stunning public art performance fusing sport and culture that raises endurance running to the realm of the extraordinary through the mass choreography of hundreds of runners in wireless controlled light-suits.

As a site responsive work Speed of Light is a physical articulation of space and location as well as a more detailed exploration of collective action, intentional movement and a unique application of digital lighting technologies involving minimum production infrastructure. All the equipment is worn by the participants and controlled using a remote wireless system.

Since 2012, when the work was first premiered as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and London Cultural Olympiad, Speed of Light has been commissioned and staged in Japan, Germany and the UK in Salford. More recently it was the unanimous highlight of the 2014 Yorkshire Festival staged as part of the Grand Depart celebrations for the Tour de France.

This latest work Ghost Peloton explores a new application of light, movement and landscape on racing bikes. Inspired by the wheel in motion, Ghost Peloton engages amateur cyclists and flatland BMX riders into a choreographed live performances set in an open-air velodrome. You can see the first results in a stunning short film directed by Mark Huskisson which has been seen by 120,000 people since its recent global release.

For an audience Speed of Light can been seen as a piece of abstract public art, operating at the grandest scale, where the physical landscape is an open canvas. It stimulates and provokes changes in attitude to sustainability, health and well-being and public arts practice through the wholly innovative integration of sport and culture.

If you are interested in touring opportunities for Speed of Light, please visit our Touring page for more details and to get in touch.

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