The goal of this project was to remap an experience- transporting and recreating sensory data. We chose to focus on Grange Park in Toronto, during the evening and night. The space is dark, but simultaneously illuminated by ethereal white lights. The space is strangely calm and quiet amongst a more hectic cityscape. It is strangely uninhabited- you are alone in an expansive space, enclosed only by trees and ominous city towers.
We aimed to mirror this space in a small, single person enclosure. While the concept became quite removed from the physical experience, it maintains much of the sensory data we first observed.
Our experience takes place within a wall-mounted enclosure. Wall braces support the piece while a draped segment of fabric surrounds it. The interior component makes up the bulk of the experience. A clear concave dome of acrylic looks in on a sealed mirrored compartment. A strip of RGB LEDs conspicuously surrounds the view port. These lights, controlled by an arduino, reflect around the inner chamber. Incorporated speakers play custom sounds which reverberate around the enclosure.
The final experience hinges on replacing all sensory intake. The concept acts as both an enclosure and viewing port. The initial goal is to eliminate external stimuli. All light and sound are cut off as the user enters the enclosure. As the user moves their face further into the viewing dome their perception becomes altered. When pressed up against the dome, the user’s face can be seen stretched across the mirrored surface. The RGB lights illuminate the chamber with bright blues, mirroring the cool colors of evening and night. The speakers play ominous, echoing sounds to reflect the unsettling calm of a city park at night.
It is an isolated, cold experience. It forces the user to confront themselves in uncomfortable detail as their face stretches across the medium. Light and sound play with emotion as the user is transported, left with only their thoughts.
This piece proved unique, by the fact that it cannot be fully photographed or documented. The concept can only truly be experienced in person. It requires a component of immersion which a flat photograph does not provide.