The Ars Electronica Futurelab is experimenting with long-time exposure shots to create three models and animations in the sky.
Spaxels (a portmanteau word from space pixels) are LED-equipped quadcopters. They make up a drone swarm that can “draw” three-dimensional figures in midair. They create an extraordinary visual experience and open up an unprecedented new dimension of aesthetic expression.
“In the dead of night, the strange glowing objects take to the sky in perfect formation, forming shapes and moving with pinpoint accuracy. To the untrained eye, they look like a fleet of tiny UFOs rising up. However, in reality this is one of the most impressive demonstrations of quadrocopters, tiny four bladed flying machines, flying in a ‘swarm.’”