Pcom Midterm project

Physical feeling through graphics/ by Jordan Backus & Oryan Inbar

A study on space and movement

The concept

Our installation is an aesthetic exercise, using concepts and techniques in both physical computing and computational media. Through the manipulation of physical space, the installation interacts via movement of its user, creating the illusion of travel and, perhaps, disorientation. The experience emphasizes interaction and encourages self-reflection.

here is a processing sketch, using holding mouse pressed for the forward and backward movements.

Materials in use:

  • Ultrasonic Range Sensor + Arduino
  • 16 3D screens: tulle(s), etc.
  • 13k lumens Panasonic projector


Following the concept we looked for visuals ways of expressing movement, making the user be surrounded by the movement, try to have the user experience what follows Capitan Jean-Luc Picard’s famous “Engage”.


When researching for the setup of our installation, we looked at other visual artists who have used physical mediums alongside their chosen technologies. We were specifically influenced by the work of Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale light installations.



The Firewall Art Installation by ITP Grad Aaron Sherwood, the Shanghai 2010 World Expo ‘Firefly Lighting’ exhibit by Vincent Moreau and Kevin Riou, and the ‘rAndom International Future Self’ exhibit are among are our inspirations.

Technical stuff

Arduino code:


Processing code:

(4) Comments Write a comment

  1. Gorgeous work! In the end, your project conveyed a clear, immersive vision that implemented notions of interaction beyond the use of sensors– as Kaini pointed out, the piece engages the user regardless of whether he/her interacts with the sensor or not. There was a strong, cohesive intentionality to every choice you made, from the projector, to the visualization and sound, to the use and positioning of screens, which is so important in creating a convincingly immersive installation. As you pointed out, the actual responsiveness of the sensor/technology was a bit lacking, but you clearly have ideas for what to try next if you continue with this project.


  2. Oryan!

    This was such a beautiful, immersive piece you and Jordan created it was the highlight of my ITP day. I guess due diligence causes me to ask: What are other ways you would take the interactivity aspect to a level which is just as impactful and immersive as the installation’s ambience itself? Anyway, best! Thank you for sharing with all of us.


    • Thank you Catherine 🙂
      As you suggested Im thinking to take the interactivity aspect of the same project (or some transformation of it) to the final project…


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