a proposed installation by Ethan Hopfer
The plan for this
installation is create a multi sensory user
influenced artwork. Viewers will react to the piece both consciously as
well as unconsciously. I am interested in challenging the passive role
goer. This piece will only come alive with viewer participation. If no
one is there to see it it will be a blank canvas. Each
will be a unique experience all its own. The installation would consist
of two pieces one hung above the other.
Part One: Light up
Dimensions: 16' x 30'
The floor will be pressure sensitive and will light up as participants
walk around it. Each step will cause a ripple of color to emanate from
the foot (similar to the way a drop of water causes ripples in a
pond). The color
and size of the ripple will be dependent on the amount of force
exerted. a light step would cause a thin blue or green ripple, while
jumping would cause a much
thicker ripple in varying reds. pressure in the middle of these
extremes would cause ripples of yellow. If there is no movement the
floor will remain unlit.
As more people walk around there will be many rings of color
simultaneously. As rings intersect with each other they will create
variations in color. example a red ring intersecting with a blue ring
a purple hue at
the point of intersection. If there are many Participants it would be
possible to achieve all the colors of the rainbow.
Below is an image
of a similar technology by Lightspace Corporation
My design would differ slightly from this already available technology
because it would not use tiles, but thousands of tiny LEDs. It will be
more like a Jumbotron at sporting events then a tile floor as shown
giving it more flexibility and a wider range of variation.
Part Two: The ceiling
Dimensions: 16' x 30'
The ceiling is another LED screen. It will create a different sensation
then the floor because the viewer will have a different interaction
with it. Upon entering the room each participant will be equipped with
monitor and RFID tag. The heart rate monitor will be strapped around
the chest and the RFID tag will placed on one of the figures. Each set
of equipment will
be assigned a certain color, when a participants heart beats it will
send out a pulse corresponding to that color. The epicenter of this
pulse is controlled
by the RFID tag. By moving one's hand around the viewer can control the
point of origin, and the adventurous spectator might try switching RFID
tags with a friend for a different experience.
Again as with the floor, intersecting colors they will create varying
The ceiling would look something like this
I am interested in seeing how people
will react to such and
installation. Most traditional forms of art are merely hung on a wall.
By presenting this piece both on the ground as well as over head, I
challenge the view to choose
their artistic endeavor. Many may choose to look down and run around
and watch how they change the floor, while others will be called upward
ceiling. And those who choose a more passive role may sit back and
watch how their peers interact with the piece. I hope to get people not
only to interact with
the piece, but to interact with each other.
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