In collaboration with Yuhan Zhang, we set out to design, build and present an interactive light installation relating to natural forms to showcase in the 2016 ITP Winter show. Obscura came out of months of detours, experimentation, and exhaustive research in the best materials and approaches to use. The result was a interactive light installation that invited up to three participants to collaboratively control an abstract wall projection.
We began with an interest in ferrofluid, a magnetically charged liquid made up of small iron filings and oil. Using small neodymium magnets and servo motors, we created a mechanism that attracted the ferrofluid and produced ripples in a container of water. In this first detour, we envisioned projecting light through the user-activated ripple patterns.