MIT to light up umbrellas this weekend, rain or shine

MIT compsci/AI researchers team with dance company Pilobolus on large-scale art performance

Hundreds of MIT students will light up the Cambridge, Mass., sky on Sunday night using programmable, umbrellas outfitted with colorful LED lights in a large-scale performance piece orchestrated by the MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Pilobolus dance company.

The UP (The Umbrella Project) piece involves specially designed umbrellas with hand controllers created by researchers in MIT's Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL. Participants will be able to change their umbrella color and work collectively to create designs on the fly.

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The premiere of UP actually took place last year in Canada, as seen below.

For those of you in the Cambridge area, participants will arrive at 7:45 PM and the performance commences at 8:00 PM at MIT's Jack Barry Field at 120 Vassar Street.

UP: The Umbrella Project from Pilobolus on Vimeo.

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