Liberating Pixels

| May 18, 2010

“Pixels from the very beginning have been oppressed- lined up in rows, confined in frames, rigidly strictly programmed and it doesn’t have to be that way!”

A claim made by William Mitchell, at the MIT Media Lab where work being done with Urban Pixels is exploring the possibilities of the function of a ‘picture element’ or pixel as a way to engage a city.

Pixels can be both lighting and display units and this is really blurring the boundaries between digital facade displays and street lighting. This joint system can be controlled by people as well as illuminate spaces and convey messages. Think of an entire city as a programmable display.

“Pixels can be liberated from the frame, they can move around, we can attach them to buildings …it is a broader way to think about a pixel and more fruitful one, I like to think we are engaged in supporting the pixel liberation front!”