as part of her studies at the international design school for advanced studies (IDAS), japanese designer yuri endo explored the properties
of light and space for her final year thesis entitled ‘luminous specimen’. the project began as developing a design for
a bathroom lighting solution, however endo decided to convert the idea of illumination into art by concentrating her interpretation
within the digital realm. she began this research with a number of basic experiments investigating optics, particularly focusing on the
refraction of light rays through a prism and its ability to create intriguing illusions, based on the various angles they fall.
this phenomenon consequently triggered an inquiry into kaleidoscopes and the formation of symmetrical oscillating patterns.
endo says of his discovery:
‘I saw the light entering the other end of the tube, and the objects inside were presented as colorful patterns due to the reflections in the mirrors.
the visual effect resulted in generating the idea of ‘hikari no hyohon’, which is japanese for ‘luminous specimen’.’
she then replaced the traditional physical light source with a media device such as a mobile phone, and constructed a glass prism to
attach to the LCD screen. the display then projects various moving images and animations behind the clear geometric form,
generating a methodical cinematic exposition. you can read further about the concept in an online documentation here.
moving images are reflected through the prism
the object is a result of a university thesis investigation
the concept addresses the properties of light and space
the prism was the most effective form to express the idea
kaleidoscopes were integrated into the concept