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  • bright ideas

    bright ideas
    vancouver BRITISH COLUMBIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project:

    kimiis: this installation was designed for the “bright ideas” exhibition by interaxon of toronto, ontario.  Displayed at the ontario house at the vancouver 2010 winter olympics, participants were able to engage in the largest ever thought-controlled computing experience:controlling the lighting of three prominent ontario landmarks – the cn tower, niagara falls, and the parliament buildings in ottawa – using the power of thought.


    interaxon requested that the design shelter participants from the busy surroundings, that it provide an intimate space for the complex mental task while allowing visitors to see and take part in the experience.  the installation was conceived as a soft,supple surface stretched out across the venue, pinched and pulled to create spaces for the individual and collective experiences of the participants.  parametric control and variability of the sliced surface allowed for a range of visual and aural appearances desired by the client.  the main function of the surface installation was to provide a sympathetic backdrop to the cognitive compositions: as electric brain signals wash across the participant’s consciousness elegant moiré patterns sweep across the surface, briefly trapping the mental experience in physical form and amplifying the cognitive sensations as something tangible, something real and present.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    K: delugan meissl; moiré patterns; alpha, beta, gamma and theta waves;

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    K: roberto bolano; penguin prison

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    K: philip beesley, r&sie, s+p, hdem

    christian JOAKIM, tomek BARTCZAK, steven BEITES, marc MINTSIOULIS

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