by Galina Mihaleva, Hedren Sum, Pat Pataranutaporn, Kathrin Albers, Audrey Ng
Located outside the Armenian Church, Pulse is an experiential installation where lights of different colours, triggered by sound and voice, are projected onto an elevated roof of strung arrays of white fabric. The assemblage of fabrics resembles a porous membrane, as the free hanging pieces of white fabric allow for an ever-changing surface.
The digital and interactive aspects involve colourful visualisation projections that are activated through voice and sound, a trigger initiated by the participants. The lights projected on the looming surface that bounds the space created an immersive and alternative environment that mimic a live organism with a pulse.
The anatomy of the work involves the sensors who pick up the sound and noise of the participants (or the surroundings) and the actuators are the light projected. I would say the interaction in this work is passive, where the participant would not have to actively act or put much thought behind the interaction. In my opinion, the actual artwork is the membrane which serves as the backbone in the environment created. The organic design of the structures were inspired by the algorithm of how cells divide, where the artists intent for it to represent the spontaneity of our digital society. Thus, I feel that the lights play a secondary role in the work, while the physical structure could possibly serve as an installation on its own.
Other than an experiential piece, this work also serves as a performative piece where a muse is invited to dance within the space. She would wear a dress of the same fabric used and the audience can watch her move fluidly as a response to the dynamic but strangely calming lights and sound.