Cosmic Morning: Aurora

Don Miller, 2011

Aurora is one component of Cosmic Morning, a twenty-first century psychedelic light show that blends analog and digital technologies. Abstract color-cycling clouds dance across the wall, a result of laser cut slides projected through rotating colored plexiglass discs and reflected off of spinning wheels of melted mylar.

Aurora was recently shown at Hello World, an exhibition at Bushwick's 319 Scholes gallery.

A view of the slide projectors, color wheel, and reflecting wheels:

Short video of the reflecting wheels in motion, with custom servo motor mounts and stands:

Detailed video of the reflecting wheels, consisting of melted mylar with small mirrors attached:

Video of Aurora output:

Closer look at the output:

An Arduino microcontroller allows for precise speed and directional control of the motors: