As a team we started to brainstorm ideas together and gave ourselves a week to come up with more ideas, combine them all and then flesh out and choose one theme that encompasses some of the different concepts we studied. As a group we all wanted to do something interesting and new with ‘space’. This is how we started our brainstorming process, and then everything that came after that revolved around how space could be our message. Some of the concepts we decided to cover in our “object-to-think-with” are:
– Space ( Exploring the space around us )
– Data visualization
– Post-humanism and the blur of genders
– Media is the Message, except the concept is related to the space we are in, the place we are at, and it dictates how we act, and it affects us as well as those sharing the space. Thus providing a message.
This is our storyboard with descriptions and pictures. We divided it to 4 different parts, the concepts we want to explore, Space, Lights and Avatars.
Aflection is an interactive installation that embodies the concepts of the medium is the message (but in the context of space), Locative art, Posthumanism, Databases, Post Secondary Space and Assemblage.
In this installation we create a space that the user explores by interacting with 4 different light sensors in a dark room.
The first time the user approaches the sensors, spotlights at each sensor emit blue light. As they come closer to a single sensor, the blue light switches off and captures an image of one part of the user’s body, saving it in a database. With each sensor, a different body part is captured, either the head, torso, legs or arms.
The remaining three lights turn green, attracting the user to approach one of them by flashing. The closer the user is to a specific sensor, the faster is flashes – beckoning the user to come to it.
The user is then given the opportunity to play and discover what the different lights resemble. Another part of their body is captured, and the light switches off. The remaining two lights turn yellow, and the process is repeated. The final light is red.
Once the sensors have been visited, an avatar is created by pulling out from the database, images of the user’s body parts, putting it together and creating a hologram.
The user’s avatar is then joined by holograms of the avatars of earlier visitors, who then come together and merge to create an averaged avatar that combines genders and histories to make an Assemblage of bodies in a single space.