SEI05 is collaborative work with an artist, CHiKA, and a scientist, Dr. Emily Rice. SEI is a Japanese homophone with the meaning of Star ( 星 ), Silent ( 静 ), Live ( 生 ) in Chinese characters. The meaning of the word dictates the installation’ shape, light pattern, and public interaction. It is an Interactive Installation on how to Find, Activate, and Learn by highlighting the implications of Dr. Rice’s research on very low mass stars, which are numerous throughout the Milky Way Galaxy and may host more potentially habitable exoplanets than Sun-like Stars do.
The public needs to look for a star shape inside of the installation in the dark space.
Once the public finds and stands in the right place to align the lights into a star shape, they activate the outside icosahedron lights up in one of six possible color/flash combinations.
Six color and flashing combination of light patterns on the installation/ icosahedron represents the size of a planet, an orbital period of the planet around the star, and temperature of the planet. These three properties contribute to the planet’s potential habitability.
New York Hall of Science Musuem, USA