Vectorial Elevation Description
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Between April 22 and May 5, 2002 this website allowed you to design enormous light sculptures in the sky over the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, using 18 robotic searchlights placed around the Artium Museum’s central Square. The beams of light were visible at a distance of 15 kilometres; every eight seconds a new design was displayed as it arrived from the Internet. The designs included participants’ names and dedications, which were shown on a large screen in the Square.

The Web site included a program with a virtual model of the Artium Square where you could direct the searchlights and view the dome of light from any angle. The program is still online in the design section, but now it triggers a search for the closest matches in the design archive. The site also presented a live broadcast from four video cameras placed at Saint Mary’s Cathedral and around the Square. A web page was made automatically to record the design of each participant; these pages can be visited in the design archive section.

In Vitoria-Gasteiz this site was visited by almost 300,000 participants from 63 countries, who downloaded more than 3.5 million files.

The visits came from the following domains:
47 per cent from ".ES",
19 % from ".COM",
12 % from ".NET",
11 % from latinamerica (4 % from ".MX"),
6 % from domains in the rest of Europe (1.3 % from ".IT")
5 % from other domains.

The visits by language were as follows:
67 % in Spanish
29 % in English
4 % en Basque

This version of Vectorial Elevation was commissioned for the opening of the Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, ARTIUM and sponsored by the Telefonica, Dragados y Construcciones and Lagunketa.

The installation “Vectorial Elevation” was presented for the first time at the Zócalo Plaza in Mexico City for the year 2000 celebrations. More than 800,000 people from 89 countries visited the web site in a two-week period. The piece has received a number of prestigious electronic art awards, including the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, a distinction at the SFMOMA Webby Awards in San Francisco and an Excellence Prize at the CG Arts Media Art Festival in Tokyo.
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