MFA Thesis Project
UCLA Design | Media Arts
Animate Field presents a cloud of hanging fiber-optic filaments which form a volumetric mass for participants to directly engage in, by physically entering and moving through it. The red lit endpoints of the filaments are activated at the participants’ location in the cloud. As they wade through the thicket of filaments, their movement through the field creates trails of yellow light which persist as a kind of temporal residue, leaving a ghostly memory of their traveled paths.
The mass of hanging fibers delicately grazes the skin of people whose physical presence in turn causes ripples and waves of movement throughout the mass.
The field of lights in Animate Field constitutes a type of mediated architectural 'skin', but unlike most applications of this concept, this skin takes on volumetric dimensions and makes direct contact with the body.
Thesis Advisor: Rebeca Mendez