AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION BY PICAROON, 2018SURFACE X questions the discrepancy ...Read More
AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION BY PICAROON, 2018SURFACE X questions the discrepancy between our self-created digital surface and the real-world substance underneath. By letting people experience the removal of the surface as they approach the interactive installation, SURFACE X draws attention to what is hidden and inspires reflection on one's own different identities.SURFACE X appears large and impressive from a distance. The interactive installation is made up of 35 black umbrellas that form a single, spherical body 3.5 meters in diameter. The umbrellas represent an impenetrable shield, protecting the inside from unwanted looks. However, once a person approaches SURFACE X, the umbrellas immediately shy away and close within milliseconds. It crumbles and shrinks and loses its polished look. Up close, one sees less surface but more of what lies behind, cables, sensors and a steel frame. It is left to the approaching person to judge: Does it look ugly or broken? Or rather interesting, maybe even beautiful?THE SOFTWARE OF SURFACE X Two Arduino Mega are programmed to communicate with each other in order to control the installation. One of them, the Master, coordinates 20 passive infrared sensors and understands if a human is approaching. It communicates the area of the approaching person to the other Arduino, which then processes this information and controls the umbrellas behavior.
THE HARDWARE SURFACE X is operated by pneumatics. 35 iAuto-umbrellas of which the original motor got replaced by compressed-air valves are mounted to an aluminum construction which creates a sphere with a diameter of 3,5 meters. 20 passive infrared sensors monitor the area around the installation to check if a human is approaching.