Art installation Firefly
Firefly is a mechatronic, interactive art installation consisting of acoustic, luminous and moving elements. It reacts on the presence of visitors and behaves differently depending on the type of approach. Its Verbal communication methods consists a loudspeaker, which is mounted on a Tube. The tube is filled with fog and has a hole which is smaller as the diameter of the tube. This creates a vortex ring.The third communication method is a neon light-in the lower part of the object. it creates a ball of light and starts rotating as soon as visitors approach
Try to find yourself in this setting
You are in a darkened room. But yet not as dark as the twilight on the end of a summer day. Highly polished Straight metal is still visible but black objects are already swallowed by the darkness. The light is distributed in segments, not diffuse, it rather comes in stripes diagonally from the ceiling. You are uncertain what or who you meet here. An object, not quite 2 feet tall, is standing hidden in the darkness. It appears to be frozen but by chance it is stirring, leaves a small impulse noise and light appears from the lowest part of the object. It is a kind of rattle like the sound of a grasshopper in summertime. At the same time, a warm light illuminates, not so brightly shining yet, but clearly visible. There are several light sources that project out of the darkness revolving around a larger light source. It seems like a firefly, in search of a mating partner. The light moves gently and slowly like a beating heart, calm and rhythmically, but in a peculiar frequency. On Short term, Firefly remains calm and motionless. Curious you approach more and suddenly the top part turns in your direction and stops right in front of your face. Threatening, a large pipe stares at towards you and it is almost a little uncomfortable. You want to get back to a safer distance and moves one step to the left, but it is of no use, you are targeted. Followed by the tube, it seems as if there is no way back. Meanwhile, the lower part begins to turn again
strong lights are on now and a loud "rattattat" fills the room. Scared as you become or fun as you are having, you shriek. Firefly reacts immediately and pumps a deep bass from the back of the tube out. The sound is followed by a touch of fog which surrounds you. It leaves the viewer in a confused state of mind. Boarders between reflection and a standalone object are blurring, that is firefly.