“… by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality” (Quantum Theory Demonstrated, ScienceDaily ,Feb. 27, 1998, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/02/980227055013.htm)
“Dancing Fall” is a public-art interactive installation that combines natural and artificial elements, water and electronics, in a novel and surprising way. Participants are no longer passive viewers that gaze upon a spectacle, but active agents that engage in manipulating the motion and look of the waterfall.
The water streams are hidden at a distance behind a veil comprised of long, black, vertical rubber elements. Each rubber element controls a corresponding water jet.
The installation requires participants to pull aside the rubber tubes, as they would a curtain, in order to view the water. However, as they do so, they inadvertently realize that their motion is controlling the spectacle they are witnessing. The act of viewing, hence, compels an intervention that changes the object of perception.
The current installation is a prototype for larger-scale site-specific versions. These can be built both indoors and outdoors.