POV: To bring people together and create human interaction using light and sound.
The user of the space will be the people who attend The Linked-In Event. The people will most likely be young college students, particularly architecture students, and a small amount of people from the public. They will be people who are drawn in by light and sound and because the space is somewhate hidden, the users will likely be curious people who desire to find what is making the light and sound.
First Brainstorm Session
Second Brainstorm Session
Final Brainstorm Session
String Installation & Makey Makey
The use of diagrams for our group has served two different purposes. The first purpose is allowing us to better understand the space. We first took pictures and measured the space to get a general idea of the layout and feel of the space. We then looked deeper into things like the circulation, space usage, and materiality. This allowed us to analyze the space and use the information we gained to make better decisions about how to design our installation. The second use of our diagrams is to communicate our motives and ideas to the user. The use of a standard color swatch, clear labels, and consistant layouts allows us to communicate efficiently with the user what exactly we wanted to do with the space. This also allowed us to get good feedback on our ideas before we constructed the actual installation. Both of these uses were very critical parts of the planning process we went through.
Prototype of sliding the yarn through a staple.
Testing the Makey Makey
The first prototype went up immidiatley after the origination of the string idea. This provided a visualization of the form and spacial qualities of our idea.
We prototyped again using all 121 strings and black lights, but only did a small segment of the installation.
What we learned from this prototype: Staples were good anchors, but we wouldn't be able to lift up every box and attach them to the back like we had this time. We also learned that we needed to make adjustments to our anchor boxes. The first box, which is attached to the window, had one large hole that all the strings were strung through. With this method, it was hard to keep the strings in alignment and keep them tight. We decided that for the first box we would have 121 small holes instead of one large hole, and that we would decrease the size of the box to make it less noticeable.
Process for Final Installation
The large window on the exteriror of the old College of Law building is a focal point for both the new link and architectue hall as a whole. This window allows the natural light from the link to flow into what is known as the New Crit Space. Light creates this focal point and draws people in. In the same way that a campfire creates a space to gather around a light source, we desired to harness the light to bring people togehter. We decided to acentuate the light coming through the window by creating a path of blacklit string. The string acts as a spotlight that bounces through the room guiding rpeople through the space and encouraging them to experience it in a different way. The string hits the back wall exactly adjacent to the window and explodes into an array of strings. This string adds a new dimension to the room because when touched, it creates sounds. As the light moves people and in and through the space, the interactive ability of the muscial string causes them to engage with each other.
After completing the whole project our group was really satisfied with the results. We had a bit of a rough start during ideation but once we nailed down a solid idea our whole group hit the ground running. The project was fully completed on time and all of the ideas and designs we had hoped to complete were finished. On the night of the Linked-In event the installation got a lot of attention and we were able to bring people together just how we had hoped to. The usage of light drew people in and the usage of music and sound inspired creativity and interaction. In light of our goals and POV the project was very successful overall.