Automatic Line

Automatic Line (AL-1) was the first version of a light installation that uses reflected light beams as a base for creating immersive spatial geometric structures. Based on the concept of a “virtual factory machine”, it optically changes the area around it in various ways and creates new virtual shapes of space.

Version AL-1 was commissioned by the Outline Festival (Moscow) and was to be exhibited in the Art Zone on July 2-3, 2016. Unfortunately, the local authorities canceled the festival and we could only capture a brief snapshot of the installation at work during the production process. We designed a method that allows us to create a large variety of configurations of a so-called “reflection matrix” and reflected light beams to fit Automatic Line in any indoor space.

AL-1 consisted of 289 reflecting plates mounted on specially designed rotary joints that make it possible to configure the direction of reflected light in a very precise manner. A short-throw beamer projecting a real-time generated video was used as a light source.


  • Concept, production and video: VOLNA
  • Camera: Alex Ivanuk, VOLNA
  • Commissioned by Outline Festival
  • © VOLNA (2016)
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