User:Zalán Szakács/projectproposal2

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Graduation Project Proposal Draft 2
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Eigengrau (project working title)
(German: "intrinsic gray", lit. "own gray"; pronounced [ˈʔaɪ̯gn̩ˌgʁaʊ̯]), also called Eigenlicht (Dutch and German: "own light"), dark light, or brain gray, is the uniform dark gray background that many people report seeing in the absence of light.

What do you want to make?
Since the antique humans were fascinated by light and it’s illusionary characteristics mentioning the metaphor of Plato’s Cave. Around the fifteen centuries perspective and camera obscura was invented and since then this spatial depiction has become the norm to all other visual representations. Perspective was accepted as a ‘scientific’ and true method based on optics, but also as a model of how people could observe space, and gradually people realised that perspective was mostly about a way of looking at reality. Joost Rekveld 2007, Mental Spaces, viewed 15 October 2018, <>
Towards the end of nineteenth century the non-euclidian geometry was discovered by mathematicians such as Friendrich Gauss, Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, Janos Bolyai and this brought up the concept of the fourth dimension, the concept of time in relationship with space.
Movement and light became an important motivation motor for the artists and designers from Bauhaus such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The digital developments of the twentieth century brought the human kind to new spatial perception such as the Cyberspace. This space appears to be real and at the same time not geometric or not real in any physically determined way. We use completely new concepts to visualise or understand this space: rhizomes, networks consisting of nodes without any hierarchy, etc. Joost Rekveld 2007, Mental Spaces, viewed 15 October 2018, <>

After millennial humans desire for new understandings of spatial concepts as called ‘post-digital spaces’. These are psychical spaces build by digital components such as custom made software, sensors, digital interaction, where digital merges with physical creating hybrid environments. Human senses are triggered by these elements, while creating new sensory experiences, which have been deeply researched and experimented by scientist and artist in 1960’s such as James Turrell in his Ganzfeld Effect spaces. Our everyday life is deeply interwoven with screens and interfaces therefor is a tendency and desire of breaking out of them.

Fascinated by epoch of the 19th centuries, the pre ages of the cinema humans created different spatial illusional models of bringing the dead materials of photographs and paintings alive through inventions such as zoetrope, praxinoscope and phantasmagoria. The goal is to reinterpret these media archaeology models into post-digital contemporary context. Creating different human spatial illusion effects (afterimage) with very basic elements such as light, haze, sound.
Searching the answer for the following question: to what extend is possible to visualise data and communicate in an emotional way to the audience by the use of an interactive and immersive light installations? or what is the influence of light in spatial context to humans in relationship of an immersive experience?
Goal is to unter take weekly experiences with different LED strips, where different characteristics of light will be analysed such as speed, luminance, color, motion, rhythm, structure and vibration. These tests would help me to formulate my answers to my main question and subquestions, which would create a good foundation for the final light installation.
The interactive installation uses light (LED) as communication methods of breaking the individual bobbles of humans and bringing more people together for a dialogue. It receives data from heat sensors and if more people are standing underneath different LED strips will light up and the installation starts to work as spatial illusion. The structure consists of two grids one on the top and one on the button where different LED strips are installed. Each strip has also its own sound, which creates an audiovisual immersive installation.

This installation manifests a new understanding about the post digital spaces and the importance of light for its audience. It sets its goal to create a community around this term and make it more accessible this installation for a broader audience.

How does this work differentiates itself from other light installations?

  • by it's critical view on interaction and the use of technology
  • the way of using data (heat sensors) for the interaction
  • the scenography part (afterimage)
  • interplay of the surfaces (top and button LED part) creating a unique spatial composition

How do you plan to make it?
Firstly I am investigating into two research ways:

  • Literature for the thesis (research consists of books and articles around media archaeology, philosophy, psychology light, brain, emotions, space, human perception and technology)
  • Prototyping for the graduation project (artistic, hardware and software, Arduino, LED)

What is your timetable?

September – October 2018: Research + Prototyping
November – December 2018: Prototyping & human testing with sensors, some parts are in 1:1 scale
January – February 2019: Finalisation of the installation parts: technical drawing, final software
March – April 2019: Production of the final installation
May 2019: Testing and documenting the process
June 2019: Buffer time
July 2019: Graduation Show

Why do you want to make it / Relation to previous practice

My work has been shifting from graphic designer practice into a more motion designer, VJ and working with the dialogue of light and space strikes me the most at the moments. I would like to break out of the screen format.

Who can help you and how?
PZI staff
Children of the Light

Relation to a larger context

roiji ikeda
james turrel
joris strijbos

strp biennale
atonal berlin
mutek montreal
ctm festival
china light festival
ars electronica
sonic acts
live coding culture
algorithms from nature