From a microcosmic perspective, this installation can be regarded as a meta-narrative, simplified as a relationship between humans and nature. When you stand far away from this object, you can hear the sounds of nature and visualize the blue sea in front of you. Since these sounds are not often found in a big city, the audience will behave in a respectful manner so that there will be less noise and a more harmonious environment. However, if you are too close to the object, closer than the safe distance, nature will respond with thunderous sounds and flashes of light to drive you back. Since there is a respectful distance.
Building on this theory, I believe that the installation can evoke a respectful conversation between humans and nature by triggering embodied actions that transfer a feeling to the mind. Respect is very personal and subjective. Respect seems to be like a boomerang in the sense that you must send it out before it comes back to you.
From a macroscopic perspective, this kind of respect can be seen in sexuality, the human race, feelings about Donald Trump etc. Kind of counterintuitive, but the relationship is intricate because distance can explain most of the things in this World. For example, if two people shared a long distance relationship they might be strangers but if two people shared shorter distance they might be relatives or lovers.
The whole process is like a homeostatic closed system, equivalent to cybernetics control and feedback loops. So, when you stand a certain distance away, your position and the cybernetic effects can reach the equilibrium of communication system. Even if you move across the boundary, homeostasis will still occur inside the system.
I used 24 wood strips to fabricate the structure, trying to make it more stable.
This is the original prototype of the pattern.
The manifestation of the pattern is inspired by the Chinese ancient mythology book called "Classic of Mountains and Seas", it is all about the chaos of mythic geography and myth. It is largely a fabulous geographical and cultural account of the pre-Qin dynasty as well as a collection of Chinese mythology. The book is divided into 18 sections, it describes 550 mountains and 300 channels. I used the morals in this book to symbolize nature in the pattern.
The Arduino + Ultrasonic Sensor
I used an ultrasonic sensor to detect distance. Ultrasonic waves will bounce back when detecting some objects. I used Arduino to receive the distance message and control the NeoPixels states and transfer the message to Processing through Serial Write. In Processing I can get what I want by reading data from the port, but sometimes data is not stable, and so I have to control the background and sound in Processing. These two optimizations make the data smoother and fix the music rewind function to make it repeat from special trim.