An artistic exploration of the incandescent light bulb, from its birth 130 years ago to its impending extinction.

In 2010 the incandescent light bulb became the first to fall in the advent of energy efficiency. After its short 130 years of existence, the incandescent bulb is no longer sustainable.

SDNA created an interactive installation consisting of one hundred 100 watt light-bulbs forming a giant pulsating creature. The creature attempts to defend a fragile cargo at its heart by emitting sequences of light in response to the visitors movement. If provoked, a light bulb falls and shatters, and the moment is captured, then projected onto the walls in a sequence with those previously recorded.

Incandescent was presented at the Athenaeum – where in 1846, Sir Joseph Wilson Swan was inspired him to invent the light-bulb as part of AV Festival 2010 in Sunderland

Incandescent was kindly supported by Sunniside Partnership, One NorthEast, Sunderland City Council, Sunderland arc and HCA.