Presence (2015)


Presence (2015)

The final outcome of our work keeps to our initial concept of questioning what defines a person’s presence within a space. Our work presents a space where perception is altered. Instead of using our eyes as visual cues to perceive a space and the people within in, our work uses auditory cues and a central projection seen by all participants.

We set up our installation at the 2nd floor corridor of ADM. The camera input was a skewed aerial view approximately 3 metres above ground level. The projection was on upper portion of the wall.

An interaction between 2 people can be perceived through a change in pitch of sounds. The projection visuals are displayed randomly when people walk around but concentrates at a point when a body is stationary.

Our work integrates the elements of shock and surprise due to the sudden pitch shifts which correspond to the changing distance between people.

However, when a person is alone in the space, their presence will not be felt (i.e. no sounds will be heard), returning to our initial questions: Are we only present if someone knows we’re here? Are we defined by our interactions with other bodies?


Some sounds in the installation.

By: Clara Chong Qiao Lin, Lau Sin Yee, Sng Yi Xian, Zhong Sailin

Presence Draft



  1. The state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present
    –  Synonyms: existing, being there
    –  Antonyms: Absence
  2. the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person’s bearing before an audience
  3. A person or thing that exists or is present in a place but is not seen

from Latin praesentia ‘being at hand’

    • Blob tracking on a stretch of wall. Projection will only appear when people walk by. element of shock and surprise!
    • When people walk by it will detect their body and the pitch of sound will change
    • When they stop moving and stay still in one position, it will create flashing visual.


By: Clara, Sailin, Sin Yee, Yi Xian