Michael Candy: Persistence of Vision

Near Slovenian School Museum - Across Star Park (Slovene: Park Zvezda ), Star Park and Ribji Trg Square, Ljubljana
11 September – 08 October 2023

Interactive installation Persistence of Vision by Australian artist Michael Candy presented for the first time in Ljubljana.

The autumn extension of this year’s edition of the Lighting Guerrilla festival brings an interactive installation by Australian artist Michael Candy, who is showing work in the country for the first time. The work is a network of eight AI-enabled spotlights placed on the streets or walking areas of the city. Disguised as CCTV cameras, the spotlights use AI image recognition to track the movements of civilians and shine a beam of light on them.

The project is a choreography of technology, movement, and light, yet the work has more complex thematic undertones exploring the emergence of ‘smart cities’ and the pervasive nature of artificial intelligence. Through the use of light-moving spotlights allude to the stage action, within which a star-lit passer-by unwittingly finds themself.


Production: Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Zavod Projekt Atol, Zavod Kersnikova
Sponsor: Javna razsvetljava d. d.

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, Slovenian Book Agency, SYSTEMICS LAB/UCSB.


Michael Candy is known for his thought-provoking works in a wide range of media, including video, sculpture, installation, robotics, hardware hacking, and intervention. His ambitious and enigmatic installations often emerge as social experiments or ecological interventions—didactic encounters which mediate the liminal realm that digital technologies oppress on the physical world. Candy has been involved in many international and local projects, residencies and exhibitions, notably: Rising21, (Melbourne, Aus) Water, (GOMA, Brisbane), Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, (AGSA, Adelaide), Ars Electronica Festival, (Linz, Austria), The Kathmandu Triennale (Kathmandu, Nepal), The Forum of Sensory Motion (Athens, Greece), The Instrument Builders Project + Hackteria Lab (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Hawapi (Huepetuhe,Peru).

Michael Candy