So here is the breakdown on some of the progress we made with regards to our installation on the sense of our starfish-nemo-anemone!
For the scent portion of our installation, we decided that we would be hanging a contraption that once pulled it would release a powdered scent. We initially wanted to be more like a trip-over-a-string thingy and suddenly poof the scent comes out but we figured it that method could only be done once. Instead this way, it would allow to be done repeatedly.
As you can see here, it is basically a slightly cut balloon taped to an open end of a cup. Inside the cup for this case was baby powder that was sweet smelling. Tugging and releasing the end of the balloon slightly would release the powder in mid air and allow the scent to be released!
The sight portion of the installation ties in with the scent portion as little as there was an added idea whereby the cups would be painted with luminescent colours, and would hang in mid air. Upon seeing these blobs of light from afar, the user would move towards it, and try to reach for them. There would also be stationary white balloons lighted up by LEDs dimly all around. We also tried out and see different aesthetics of ballon to see what would fit out theme, but we settled with normal plain white ones!
As for the touch, we were inspired by this video of how a balloon contraption moves on the internet. A piece of balloon simply stuck on a CD and due to the pressure, it moves in a very anemone-ish kind of way!
We experimented and tried with different way but we figured that it wasn’t the most reliable method for the movement. We realised that the surface of the floor and also how heavy and wide the base was played an important part. So this is the more mechanical method we found that we would try out!
So the idea would be that these little things would be attached with balloons and feathers and would be wiggling about on the floor dancing as touching and tickling the legs of the user as they walk through the space. This would also be the surprise anemone essence of the installation.
Also upon reaching for luminescent cups as mentioned above, the users would be tingled by a small metal ball/fuzzy object at the tugging portion, before pulling it.
Overall our installation would be in a dark room, with the kind of white playful aesthetic feel to it with a tinge/speck of colours in the room.