I’ve been working off my initial instinct of being inspired by UVA’s Triptych piece is Paris. Even though I was leaning towards creating a piece with a sound component as well, I’ve decided to create a project with the following impulses:
- Colour as a real presence, and colour as being soothing/meditative
- No sound
- An installation encountered while passing by
- To be placed in an outdoor walkway or mall
I’m still pursuing creating an installation with the idea of going against a blase mindset. At the same time, I want to create an experience that allows people to engage in a meditative mindset.
Because I was following my impulse to creating an installation without sound, I initially thought to visually portray sound and decided to create a formation that resembled a volume control.
Represented above is a series of light panels. A passerby would affect the luminance of each panel. As they travel from left to right, the luminance of each panel would gradually increase. Traveling form right to left, the luminance would decrease. To make it more complicated, I thought that each panel would have a distance sensor of their own, and a passerby could stop and see the colours of the panels change depending on how close or far they are from the panel. After a long duration of standing in one place, or having no person in front of them, the panels would return to the initial colour (which is the strawberry pink in the image). I thought about the light being not just light, but a video of clouds in the sky and that changing the colours would be like changing the time of day to see clouds during the day (white/light blue), at sunrise (orange/yellow), sunset (red) or at night (dark blue tinge).
I was very intent on using at least seven ultrasonic range finders. Eventually, I realized that I was limited by the number of sensors I could source. And so I changed my idea slightly. Instead I decided to use one screen that would show clouds passing by. This (ideally circular) screen would be built into a wall so that it’s part of the building, or store in a mall.
For now, I use a video retrieved from online of clouds in the sky. Ideally I would film my own video, but what I really want to do is show a live-stream of the sky, either of Abu Dhabi or from somewhere else. I think it would be really nice to see the sky of Peru, for instance, while walking in Abu Dhabi. It would also convey a sense of the difference in time.
The only thing I have happening now, is that the colour changes according to the passerby’s distance. But this isn’t enough, so I’m trying to find ways to complicate it. For now, I’m looking at finding ways to create the illusion of the clouds dispersing if a passerby were to blow at the clouds.
The violet/strawberry colour I choose to be my neutral colour is an homage to La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House.