We are team IGNITE, a multidisciplinary student team from Eindhoven University of Technology. Our vision is to research how light technologies can be facilitated to create social cohesion (e.g. connectedness and solidarity) between individuals within crowds in public areas of large cities. 

We aim to realize this vision statement by conducting research (literature, interviews and research through design) on human-light interaction, human interaction, and state-of-the-art technology, in order to create a framework of knowledge on human-light interaction which can be demonstrated in an interactive light installation.  



In September 2020, the team decided the era of the cubes had come to an end. A new generation of team IGNITE was brought together. For the past one and a half years, this new generation of 15 enthusiastic students has created a new mission and vision for the team. This new stance is proudly presented this year through “Ballroom,” an installation realized with the tracking infrastructure provided by the TU/e Crowdflow Research Group from prof. dr. Federico Toschi, with dr. Alessandro Corbetta. The installation is developed together with Philip Ross and his experience with designing light installations for crowds; one can recognise several aspects of his work “Gibson” (2018) in “The Ballroom”.

The social cohesion between individuals in public spaces has decreased during the pandemic. Through our light artwork “Ballroom”, we from team IGNITE investigate reigniting the feeling of social cohesion amongst the GLOW visitors. We invite you to experience our modern “Ballroom” situated in “de Markthal” on the TU/e campus. This installation does not only offer the possibility of dancing with each other, but also to dance with twelve shining dance partners, embodied by beams of light, gracefully in search of a partner to dance with on the music of the student orchestra of Quadrivium. The visitors are anonymously tracked based on infrared imaging, so the light beam chooses its dance partner on the fly. This happens in real-time thanks to state-of-the-art sensing system and algorithms provided by the TU/e Crowdflow Research Group. The light beam will move around its chosen dance partner so that a dance between the two begins. The result is an actual ballroom festively filled with color, music, and dance. Enter the Ballroom and experience the long-expected feeling of connectedness again.


We need your support in our journey towards reuniting our society with light. GLOW 2021 is coming near, which means that (finally!) we can show you what we have been putting all our efforts into last year. We already ignited the first few sparks;

We assembled a team of enthusiastic students, the mission and vision of our generation are set, there is a fantastic project waiting to be executed, our network is ever-growing, we only miss one thing to set a fire from these sparks: a starting budget.

Thank you in advance for your interest in our team. Hopefully, we may welcome you all to our installation during GLOW 2021.

Currently, our team has no budget, which causes challenges within logistics. It also makes us dependent on sponsors, which lowers the pace of our growth. Furthermore, the realization of a high-tech installation is expensive. That is why we started this crowdfunding; we invite you to visit our page, to support us in the way of a donation and help us towards that needed 4500 euros. On our page, one can find numerous forms of compensation from us to you. One of those being an exclusive visit to our installation!

We want to thank the following people for helping us to make our work possible:

  • Stijn Janssen
  • Anna de Meij 
  • Sietse de Vries 
  • Jesper Kapteijns 
  • Júlia Csemezová 
  • Sima Keijzers-Puodziute 


Curious about our projects or interested in working together? Contact us to get more information!

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