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SEI05

Interactive Light Installation




CREDIT

Concept & Design: CHiKA
Sensor Programming: Calli Higgins
Advisor: Alex Burdin, garageCube

MATERIAL

LED light, DMX, Softwares, Hardware, Computer, and Kinect.

SIZE

9 x 9 x 9 ft


CONCEPT


SEI05 is a collaborative work with the scientist Dr. Emily Rice. SEI is a Japanese homophone with the meanings of Star (星), Silent (静), and Live (生) in Chinese characters. The word's meaning dictates the installation's shape, light pattern, and public interaction. It is an interactive installation that explores 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.

Finding
The public needs to look for a star shape inside the installation in the dark space.

Activating
Once the public finds and stands in the right place to align the lights into a star shape, they activate the outer icosahedron, which lights up in one of six possible color/flash combinations.

Learning
Six color and flashing combinations of light patterns on the installation/icosahedron represent the size of a planet, the orbital period of the planet around the star, and the temperature of the planet. These three properties contribute to the planet’s potential habitability." 

EXHIBITION






2021
SF USA




PRESS


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