LUMOS was conceptualized, designed and created by Matt DesLauriers, Steven Mengin and Jean-Michel Gariepy.
Matt DesLauriers is a self-taught media artist and creative coder with a background in Film & Media at Queen’s University. Based in Toronto, he combines his love of art, programming and technology to build interactive installations, generative artworks, and rich audio-visual web experiences. His artworks are developed entirely with code and algorithms, typically displayed on the web, in public exhibitions or in print.Steven Mengin is a French multi-disciplinary designer helping to create tomorrow’s digital culture through rich and beautiful interactive experiences. Although he remains a passionate perfectionist, he brings a collaborative spirit to every project he gets his hands on. Having worked as an Art Director at Fred and Farid (Paris, France) and Interactive Designer at Unit9 (London, UK), Steven brings years of multifaceted expertise at Jam3 in Toronto, building cutting-edge user interactions for some of the world’s most renowned brands.Jean-Michel Gariepy is a Toronto-born Materials Engineer interested in the crossroads of science, technology and art. Having worked in product design and as a process engineer, he is now pursuing a Master in Engineering at the University of Toronto, focusing on the 3D bio printing of tissues.
LUMOS is a digital installation and interactive light sculpture designed to capture and visualize the human warmth. When left alone in the park, the piece emits a beacon of cold blue light and beckons for an audience. As a viewer approaches, thermal imaging is used to detect and capture their body heat—in turn, the light within the sculpture temporarily shifts to warmer hues of red, orange and yellow. The sleek and geometric structure is inspired by the classic cairns and warming huts used for centuries by winter explorers in Canada