I really liked this project as it was one of the most ambitious one that I have embarked on.
I was initially really worried about the rafia strings because I needed alot. I went through around 15 rolls of it?
And I still feel that it could be even more overwhelming if I had done more. Started doing the rafia strings really early.
I really did enjoy how the strings caught the light and reflected it and created this space that was claustrophobic. That seemed smaller than it is because your eyes find it hard to focus on one thing because there was no depth. You could not see the other side of the dome.
This was my intended effect, to have so much rafia strings that it messes with your point of focus, that you can’t really focus on one particular thing. I would like to throw people off balance by using repetition.
I think what was good was that I got feedback from people, so you could experience the dome lying down or sitting down.
The 4 knobs, of tweaking the colours RBG plus changing the frequency really added more interactivity to the dome.
Some people did complain that they felt dizzy after trying it out.
I would of course prefer to have more lights and more rafia strings.
It will be great also if I could have an indoor pool with the rafia strings hanging from the ceiling and people would float and enjoy the light show. The lights could be changed by where the people are.
I am currently adding more rafia strings to make the space more immersive and planning to buy trash bags to make it more dark.
For the digital output:
I plan to use two different arduinos, each with 120 LEDs connected to it, so in total there will be 240.
The two arduinos will be producing lights at two different frequencies. Instead of having all 240 LEDS working at one frequency.
Hopefully, it will create a more interesting effect.
One idea that I was playing with is to get a fitbit and try to track my heart frequency for a day and extract that data and see if I can take the data and translate it to control the lights. So it will be a kind of visualisation of my heartrate.
“Diminished reality is a term used to describe the control over one’s reality and the ability to block out real or digital information at will. The term was coined by wearable computing pioneer Steve Mann to describe a reality that can remove, at will, certain undesired aspects of regular reality.” –Cyborg Anthropology
When I was thinking of the site specific project that deals with changing the perspective of a person, I thought about how we can delete things from real life instead of adding to it.
I choose the idea of lockers because it would be weird if we live in a world without numbers. For my video, i just deleted a number off one of the lockers. The video was edited and motion tracked in after effects .
For my project I decided to create a device that involves refraction and also light to distort the viewers sense of sight.
I decided to use some reflectors in the box to make the light bounce off the walls of it making it a bit more immersive. I also decided to not only use light but strobe lights to make it a bit more psychedelic for the viewers.
I had a difficult time struggling with trying to find a container for the water. Initially, I wanted to use a water bottle, but I realised that it does not wobble as much as i would like it to. I also realised that it water in cling wrap captures light more than when it is in a waterbottle.
Process of making the box:
I had to duct tape the cling wrap to the box after sealing the cling wrap with heat.
These are some of the reference artists whose work really interest me.
I love how they use everyday materials to distort and change the space.
Firstly, Grzymala used 5 km of black tape to change the space. It has this quality that makes me feel as if the tape is alive.
She is also pretty consistent with her work and I am really impressed by her other works.
These are some other works I looked into
I was thinking if I could use scotch tape or cling wrap. something that is transparent, so when I shine a light through it is able to capture the light. I’m really liking the idea of using everyday materials to create something different.
Our class also did one of these experiment together and we tried to display tension, so all of us cluttered together and let our friends wrap us in cling wrap and then we started to lean outwards to show tension. However, I think we were still very used to how cling wraps are being used…to wrap stuff. I felt that we could have explored more . Although, this exercise has taught me that cling wrap can be very very strong…hmm