Our project Lightswarm, the interactive installation nestled within the facade of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, has always been about reactivating a static building face, turning what was a simple glass curtain wall into a medium for public engagement. Lightswarm is 10" in depth, squeezed between glass mullions, and reinvigorates the building without rebuilding it. In this way it sits within a long lineage of “applicable” renovation methods, from paint, to stucco, to graffiti, to murals. What’s different about Lightswarm is that it is “hackable” not in the way that some architects may think of, but in a hi-jacking of public space, normative facades, and building infrastructure. So one night we set about hacking our own artwork, taking control of the algorithm it runs everyday and running various experiments with different modes of interaction. Please check out the results below!