Thursday 21 April 2022
Between 8 and 10pm
Polo Restaurant, Nile Street (The Lanes, near Cass Art)
Laser Lunar Lander by Seb Lee-Delisle showing on the wall of Polo Restaurant, Nile Street in The Lanes.
Laser Lunar Lander is a laser rendered copy of the classic 1979 arcade game projected onto a Polo Restaurant on Nile St in The Lanes.
The objective of the game is to land your Lunar Module safely on the moon. It is one of the first depictions of real-life physics in a main-stream videogame. Lunar Lander is one of the first popular arcade games, and for many will be one of their earliest memories of digital interaction.
Game machines utilised a special type of cathode ray tube known as the “vector display”, which render graphics by moving the ray around to draw neon-bright, sharp geometric lines and shapes.
Lasers are the perfect medium to recreate the memory of these images and scale up this type of vector display – the laser beam moves round and draws shapes in much the same way as the cathode ray does in the original.
Laser Lunar Lander was first presented at the Royal Albert Hall at Cosmic Shambles in 2018, where Rusty Schweickart – the actual Lunar Module Pilot from Apollo 9! – played the game live on stage and demonstrated that, although fiendishly difficult, the game is not as hard as the real thing.
Lunar Lander has featured in Seb’s work before, most notably for “Lunar Trails” which used a 3m wide drawing machine to plot the trails of the craft on the wall as members of the public played the game, recreated there in a full size arcade cabinet.
This project will be in collaboration with Flora Litchfield, an emerging laser artist from Edinburgh.
Seb Lee-Delisle is a digital artist and speaker who specialises in large scale interactive light installations.
His work has been recognised internationally and showcased at events around the world, in prestigious venues from New York’s Broadway theatres to London’s Royal Albert Hall. Seb has also provided lasers for notable public figures such as Fatboy Slim and Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart.
He was Technical Director on Big and Small, the BBC project that won a BAFTA in 2009.
WINNER OF THE 2016 LUMEN PRIZE INTERACTIVE AWARD
WINNER OF THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL LASER DISPLAY ASSOCIATION AWARD
WINNER OF THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL LASER DISPLAY ASSOCIATION AWARD
Visit seblee.me/about for a full list of awards
Laser Lunar Lander is presented as part of Third Thursdays’ commissioning programme.
Thanks to Polo Restaurant for supporting Third Thursdays and being part of the programme.