My final project aims to be a collaboration of electronic components, interactive media and installation. The work will consist of a series of LED lights that hang from the ceiling of a hallway over a certain distance connected to a proximity sensor that when detected turns on the specific lights positioned above the individual. The sensor will be hidden so onlookers will be unaware of the project’s ability. The unlit LED’s will create a sense of curiosity encouraging individuals to come forward and further engage with the piece, revealing its true function and create a wondrous experience. The use of Arduino, an open source prototyping platform, has allowed the set-up of the sensor and its ability to use infrared to detect objects in its scope and range determining which light to turn on and off.
Through the presentation of my prototype I gained feedback from my peers and tutor. One idea that came up was selecting the appropriate material to use to generate an overall theme for the piece. Firstly, it was discussed a garden theme would be chosen, but through further research I came across this picture.
Through this discovery, I decided that the LED lights will be placed inside balloons and formed into a cluster to create a cloud-like shape. However, this suggested material was questionable and so it was undecided whether or not using balloons or another material, such as plastic, will be utilised. Further trial and error will take place in the future weeks to come to understand which material is best suited for the project. Another idea that came up through feedback is in regards of the light status. Should the lights flick on and off depending on where someone is standing or should they flick on and stay on reflecting the overall distance made through the hallway and through the artwork? A minor code alteration is needed to decide which is best and will also be experimented with in future while collecting even more feedback from my peers.
An image of my prototype:
My inspiration for this piece came from the 2016 artwork Digital Book Project, by Airan Kang, featured in the New Romance exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Kang’s installation explored the concept of LED lights and their distinct qualities when it comes to engaging audience members. Walking through the exhibition, into a room filled with many unique artworks, Digital Book Project is the one that gained my attention from the start. It was both intriguing and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This is something I wanted to incorporate in my own artwork.
Kang’s work featured a display of books made from custom electronic books, LED lights and resin. This collaboration between electronics, LED and raw material is something I aim to embrace in my own work and in my own way. However, the experience that was gained from Digital Book Project will not be as similar. In order to capture the audience and further encourage them to participate, a greater level of interaction will be made. This will allow the artwork to influence its audience but better yet, will allow the audience to influence the art.
My aim is to create a wondrous experience and encourage audience engagement within my piece. With this inspiration and the feedback of my peers I will be able to create an artwork that will do just this.
Davis, A, 2016, Airan Kang, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), viewed 20th September 2016
Arduino, LED sensors, Genuino, viewed 20th September 2016
Petillon, C, 2015, A pulsating cloud of light, artwork, Convent Garden London, viewed 2nd October 2016