Lives Within a Cave is the final installation to my original Life Tunnel. The concept continues to represent obstacles in our lives. For the final I took a bigger approch by adding additional lighting, audio sound effects and projection mapping onto the surface. All the effects made the installation come to life the surroundings gave the feeling of actually being immersed in a cave.
With more time and an unlimited budget I would have done certain things differently. First I needed a room 10 times the size, with that I would like to have 15-20 floor to ceiling clothes of fabric each with their own projector. I would like to add in real-time sound effects that really have the audience involved, by using a sounds system to echo their voices.
Other then that I was satisfied with the overall outcome. The documentation is provided bellow.
The life tunnel is an interactive performance installation. The art piece consists of 11 large pieces of hanging paper, each paper containing its own unique rip in the center. A clear wire hangs them so they give the illusion of floating. Life Tunnel is a reflection of our lives, going through the tunnel the audience must adjust their bodies in order to fit through the rips in the paper. It represents the obstacles in life that we can not change and as challenging as it is to get by, we have no choice to but to adapt to our surroundings and keep moving forward.
For my future extension of this project I wish to enlarge the exhibit using a different medium with added lights and sounds.
The task for this assignment was to create a work that altered ones senses. The first sense that came to my mind was sight, and paired it with perception. The piece was placed on the audiences head, it contains 100 paper filters that consist of different texture, opacity and length.
The idea was that in life we see life through fragmented screens, due to social media, and devices, we see life through a bunch of different screens that fragments our reality and blurs what is actually real vs. what is altered by the media and curated online.
The head piece showed our view of reality by enabling the user to see through different screens. As a society believe most of what is portrayed online or over the media the thicker paper slips represent how far from reality it truly is, rather then being able to see what is directly behind the thick paper the user must trust and believe it, if you cant see for yourself reality might not be there. Compared to the transparent pieces that enable the user to see right through at what is really behind it.
During the class of week 2 we explored the tension of being stuck together, and how to function as one. Saran-wrap which may seem weak and thin was able to restrain the movement and breakage from the force of the bodies wrapped in it.