BOKS — Exploring perception and communication between two rooms

Spatial Interaction

Designed together with Nora Gailer and Lorena Strohner

My role in the project: research, concept, prototyping, coding, exhibition

As part of INT RA in 2015

Exhibited at Jungkunst (Winterthur) 2015, Unpainted (Munich) 2016

BOKS is an interactive installation which researches the perception and communication between people in two staged rooms. The same-looking rooms in different sizes are the experimental area, where two or more people, can move around and communicate with eachother.

BOKS displays various opportunities of communication and shifts the perception of the visitors.

Excerpts from the exhibition at Jungkunst in Winterthur (2015)

Perception and communication between two staged rooms

The installation consists of two same-looking rooms. One has the size of a shoebox and the other is a two-to-four meter high replica. Through a peephole in the small box, a visitor can see a miniature-projection the another visitor in the tall box. Both rooms/boxes are situated somewhere in the exhibition. On the ceiling of the tall box, a visitor can see the other visitor who is looking through the peephole of the small box. Proportion and voices are shifted to the dimension of the surrounding. Both visitors are invited to interact, look and speak to each other.

With BOKS we want to display today’s digital communication through a different perspective. The visitor should experience communication in various way.

Conceptvideo of a first prototype as part of a 3 week spatical interaction course at ZHdK

A closer look inside the small box

A small wooden box embodies the room in which the visitor in the real room is situated. A camera in the tall room is broadcasting a live image into the box as a hologram. After various test we made use of the pepper ghost illusion trick.

The conscious hand The conscious hand
Behind-the-scene, expanding the room with virtual walls

With the pepper ghost effect, it's possible for us to capture a glimpsing eye of the visitor looking inside the small box, with a small camera placed at the bottom of the box. We also increase the image of the tall box with virtual walls, so the room would look even bigger and taller.

The life-sized room

A live-image of the visitor looking inside the small box will be projected on the ceiling of the 4 meter high room. In the opposite of the small box, we attached a small camera on the ceiling of the tall room to capture the action happening inside the box/room. Further the live-image and audio source is manipulated and transmitted through Max MSP in real-time .

The conscious hand
Prototyping phase, using a computer, a mobile phone and skype as an inital prototype to test different ways of communication as well as perception

Boks was exhibited at Jungkunst in Winterthur (2015) and Unpainted Lab 3.0 in Munich (2016).


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