* This project is a collaboration with Hanwen Zhang (outside of ITP) as my partner in class could not work on this project during the period of time.
Unreflected is an interactive light installation piece that reflects on the confusion that social media bring us.
The entire piece is a big wooden box with a small square hole from which people can peek through. At the square hole there is a mirror box which is also like a tunnel bridging the outside and the inside world. The mirror reflects people’s image while they are some distance away from it. But as they approach the mirror and attempts to look at the inside world (the world of social media), the hidden distance sensor will detect them and therefore trigger the lights in the box. The inside world then becomes visible, however, the reflection on the mirror will disappear (or becomes hard to see, depending on the exterior light condition). If taking a step back, people will see their reflection again as the lights automatically go off.
Questions we are trying to ask through this project include: What shapes our vision? What do we find difficult to get rid of in our sight? If it’s so hard to see ourselves clearly with so much going on, what effort would we make to get our reflections back?
Music: Guitar by Polar Beats – Syndrome
Wiring up the Arduino board with distance sensor and testing with light bulbs first
Adjusting lightness & color with different exterior light conditions
Collage & Found Objects used