Jul 15, 2009
Solar - by Rejane Cantoni and Leonardo Crescenti
Solar is a robotic installation, immersive and interactive, designed to simulate qualities and measures of solar light in relation to man-space time. The interactor can agency the machine in two ways: he can control his geographic position with his feet and/or he can speak with it. Agencying via positioning make it possible for the interactor to inform his geographic position to a data bank. One possible example of this type of user-system interaction could be: You enter the machine – a black rotunda of 6.30 in diameter x 3.50 high. In the center, there is a movable platform. Upon stepping on it, the gravitational force of the body is interpreted by the system that, in function of the relative latitude and longitude, alters the original setup.
For example, when you step in front of the platform, the system advances to the north, i.e., it produces, on the plasma wall, visual feedbacks that appear as modifications in the latitudes of the imaginary lines which, in this case, advance from Equador to the North Polar Circle (see on video an example of navigating in the inverse direction, south). Agencying via voice command, on the other hand, makes it possible for the interactor to particularize a date and a moment of an event. For example: when the interactor says “August 03 at 3 p.m.”, the system associates to this command the information to his relative position, which makes it possible to simulate the solar light intensity relative to the space-time solicited. To the eyes of the outside observer, without movement or without the interactor’s voice command, time, in this machine, stops.
Rejane Cantoni and Leonardo Crescenti