Light Painting Photo Booth

Part photo-booth part interactive art, the Light Painting Photo Booth allows participants to paint with light and see it happen in realtime, using a variety of light up objects such as fiber optics and smart LEDs. At the end a flash is triggered, illuminating participants in their painting. Jess has fabricated a variety of LED toys to play with in the photo booth, such as a special LED wand programmed to play back bitmap images of fluorescent microscope images and other science themed graphics.

Jess Holz (b. 1985) is an artist and microscopist who creates works which give the viewer a peek into invisible worlds, as well as a chance to reflect on the influence of scientific visual culture on our collective imagination. She has recently received an MFA in Art+Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; previously she has worked in several labs, gaining valuable technical experience with a number of microscopic imaging techniques. The discrepancy between what can be perceived by eye and what is imaged has fostered her fascination with perceptual systems along with the optical properties of materials. Jess actively exploits this in photography and installation.

Light paintings will be viewable at

Oct 7, 2022
05:00 PM
- 08:00 PM
Kendall/MIT Open Space: The Festival Zone
Kendall/MIT Open Space, Main Street, Cambridge, MA
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Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

The Cambridge Science Festival was founded by and is produced by the MIT Museum.