Immersive Emersion


Immersive Emersion at ITP
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Immersive Emersion is an interactive art installation that employs a series of dynamic inflatable sculptures that react to their environment. The installation playfully explores the philosophical riddle “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”, i.e., the concept of existence through presence and participation.

Each sculpture is deflated and in repose until presence is detected in the vicinity. The presence in turn awakens the sculpture, prompting it to rise and form. When the presence departs, the sculpture returns back to its dormant state.

When designing this installation, the following were some of the questions I had in mind:

  • To what extent does an art piece or installation exist with or without viewers and participants?
  • How does your perception shift when something significant arises from seemingly nothing?
  • How do you feel when you realize that you’re very presence helps form that significant something?
  • What is it like to watch something grow bigger than you right before your very eyes?

In addition to designing the concept and elements of the installation, I also assembled each of the eight sculptures, programmed the interactions, and produced and edited the video for the documentation and demos.

Immersive Emersion has been featured in the BBC News and Huffington Post.