mads christensen


Mads Christensen grew up in Denmark but is now based in Los Angeles, California.

A software architect by day, an artist by night, Mads combines his learned skillsets with a desire to explore how patterns of light affect us emotionally. Mads uses custom circuitry, programming and lots of bright LEDs to create his art.

Ripple, Luminale 2014, Frankfurt from Mads Christensen on Vimeo.

Ripple explores how information is propagated across loosely coupled networks with no central controller. The installation mimics the way ants communicate in the sense that information is relayed to the nearest neighbor only, as opposed to being broadcast to all participants. Where the ants use pheromones and touch as the message medium, Ripple uses infrared signals. The invisible infrared communication between the nodes is translated to visible light by each node so that viewers can get a glimpse of how information travels across a network when each node can only communicate with its immediate neighbors. Viewers may further interact with the installation by breaking the “line of sight” between the nodes there by blocking or reflecting the IR signals causing information to be lost or distorted.

Location: Untermainkai/Holbeinsteg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, March 30, 2014.

Hello Mads, i saw your presentation yesterday in pechakucha, and it got me quite curious to see your installations, if you found a location or got any other projects going on in frankfurt. Best regards - Laszlo

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Hi Laszlo,

I displayed my Ripple installation the night following the PechaKucha by Untermainkai under the Holbeinsteg.  The response was great!  It was one night only as I had limited time in Frankfurt.  I am on my back to Los Angeles, but do keep an eye on this blog, I’ll post a video from Frankfurt very soon, as well as more news on upcoming projects.


coded from Mads Christensen on Vimeo.

a light installation
by Mads Christensen

"coded" explores the space between the lines and the lines between art and product
each image represents the UPC barcode of a product, removed from the product
not just a number, but a beautiful secret code

Media: LEDs, microcontroller, acrylic, aluminum.
Size: 52” x 20”

What Are You Blinking About? from Mads Christensen on Vimeo.

Light art installation first shown at Create:Fixate Los Angeles, November 9th, 2013. The installation consists of three 40”x40” panels with a total of 2,700 LEDs diffused by white acrylic. The red/blue light sequences are generated algorithmically at up to 100 frames per second, creating subtle moire and interference patterns on the viewer’s retinas due to the interplay between rods and cones in the human eye.

Ripple - Light installation on Santa Monica Beach, September 28th, 2013. from Mads Christensen on Vimeo.

Large-scale light art installation on Santa Monica beach September 28th, 2013.

Ripples of visible light are initiated by individual nodes at random. The ripples travel in all directions from their source nodes using infrared light to communicate with adjacent nodes.

Viewers may interact with the installation by blocking or reflecting the communication between nodes, distorting the progression of the ripples.

100 autonomous light modules consisting of batteries, microcontrollers, IR transmitters/receivers, LEDs, acryllic tubes.

Mads Rune Christensen

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