Ambient Vibrations

Fall 2010
Site Installation
DUMBO Arts Festival, New York, USA

In collaboration with: Bruno Billio & Henry Ng

Artist Bruno Billio, Developer Henry Ng and I installed a green argon laser aligned with a fibrous string in the lobby of 45 Main Street in Brooklyn, New York. The string was attached to a custom built oscillator that was routed to a computer running a program written in MAX/MSP. As the amount of motion through the lobby increased, the laser-string would vibrate at an increasing amplitude and frequency.

Environments and construction materials share a vivacity that is inevitably intertwined with their inhabitants and their activities. All building materials have a base vibration affected by interactions with both the exterior environment and daily occupancy. Ambient Vibrations visualizes the subtle interactions and interrelationship between buildings and their occupants in motion.