Wearable Shadows Interactive Light Installation

 

Wearable Shadows Interactive Light Installation

 

This interactive light installation, which was developed in collaboration with scenographer Simon Donger and creative technologist Robin Beitra, offers various experiences of darkness responsive to the whole body’s presence and motion.

On entering a blacked out room floored with infra-red light, visitors are plunged into a darkness that allows for detection but not identification. Every movement of the visitor is tracked by a custom-built piece of software that instantaneously projects light back onto them. Moving in and out of their own shadow, the visitor’s moving body trigger new forms of behaviour, light becomes tactile, limbs luminous.

Through their interaction with Wearable Shadows, visitor’s movement and stillness give and take form. But Wearable Shadows has its own plastic characteristics: harsh and broken, soft and bulbous, frantic and transient, or lingering and decaying. A change in characteristics may provoke a different reaction.

Sometimes set in an automatic mode, sometimes operated manually, the work applies digital technology to the physical, three-dimensional and contingent domain of bodies in order to advance deeper understandings and relationships with light, embodiment, and digital interactivity. 

As an exploration of how responsive and aberrant lighting phenomena affect the body’s physicality, motion, and relation to space, the work has been enriched according to the various groups of audiences that have been immersed in it. 

Wearable Shadows has been presented at Ambika P3 gallery, as part of the Kinetica Art Fair 2011. It was also shown at Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, as part of Darren Johnston’s dance performance Into the Array.

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