This piece will consist of a 2 inch thick and 10 to 15 foot wide in diameter iron ring which will be supported 6 to 7 fee off the ground by iron poles. 20 incandescent light bulbs will be wired through the ring and then connected to the miditron and controlled through max/MSP. The intensity of the light from the bulbs will be fluctuating high and low to give the effect of breathing. There will be a podium with one button on it in the middle of the ring. Also, on the podium there will be a proximity sensor which will be triggered when a person moves to press the button on the podium. The proximity sensor will trigger the bulbs to fully light up as if the piece was gasping or surprised. When the button is pressed the bulbs will fully light up and then turn off in sequence. There will also be a web cam within the ring which will detect when a person enters the ring and all of the bulbs will change start to fluctuate high to low in a different pattern. Also within this piece there will be speakers within the ring giving off a low droning sound.
With this piece I want to give the viewer control over how the piece “feels”. I want the experience to be theatrical and give the viewer the choice to let the work continue or to completely stop the piece. The piece will be aware when the viewer is interacting with it and I want to show that the piece is worried and concerned when the viewer is about to turn it off. With this I am establishing a sort of game or set of rules for the viewer that they can chose to follow or ignore and turn the piece off and simply walk away. Something else to be considered is when the button is pressed how the viewer will react. Although, I think it will be fairly clear that the work doesn’t want the viewer to press the button I feel like people will be inclined to push the button anyways. I’m interested in how they react when they have shut down the work and don’t have a way to turn it back on.
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