Wetcircuit’s interactive installation at a fundraiser for Young Associates of the Chelsea Art Museum invited guest to step into the art and communicate with it physically.
I make video toys that people can play in. This one is very simple. Your shadow agitates a grid of dots on the wall. Excite the dots enough and they will create flashing star patterns. Move slowly and the dots will settle….
My goal with work like this is to engage the viewers curiosity, and to reward experimentation. The interface does nothing but react, but has a coaxing inertia (in cannon) of your energy that feels somewhat like a dialog or duet. Above a threshold it feeds back on itself and can engulf the entire grid.
A wonderful write up at Scallywag & Vagabond
On the wall was a black box, approximately 15 feet square, projected from what appeared to be a command center about 30 feet away. Inside the box: small white dots uniformly placed throughout little pinpricks of light. When someone moved within the box, the white dots would stretch and writhe unpredictably, as if magnetically drawn to the movement.
The art came alive.
As I watched two guys flail before this one-dimensional shrine (to the sound stylings of DJ Sir Shorty), I asked the artist, Holly Daggers, for the name of this crowd favorite. “Ummm, Thing I Created for Chelsea Art Museum?” she responded. I asked if she could control the movements of the piece. “I can ratchet it up or bring it down a bit, but that’s about it” she said with a shrug, before she was struck by a new name for the piece. “Tribute to a Sea Anemone!” she exclaimed. Clearly this piece wasn’t about control – it was about creation – and permanent labels were limiting.