e-static shadows by Jackson Tan from singapore
designer's own words:
The luminous electronic textile installation acts as an electrostatic mirror – responding visually and sonically to the usually invisible electrostatic charges generated by people interacting with materials and their surroundings. Equipped with thousands of tiny white LED lights, miniature transistors and interwoven electronic circuits seamlessly integrated into an architectural fabric membrane, the fully analogue installation is able to create transient audio-visual patterns in areas that detect a presence of electrostatic fields, responding to the charges created by viewers and objects. Simultaneously it also acts as a simple sonic instrument in response to the presence and intensity of the charges, human proximity and touch.
It is hope that by introducing e-static shadows into previously unwelcoming public spaces such as underpasses or dark alleys, the installation can provide the required luminance while serving as a catalyst for playful interactions between passersby vs. space and passersby vs passersby; thereby redefining the programmatic functions of these public domains.
Chance encounter in underpass
Fabric structure for LED ensures fluidity in form
Using human inherent electrostatic energy to turn each LED on/off
Open source design allows public to be curator of lights
Experiencing tectile quality through interactions