THE BLADE
Mediatecture Installation
Sponsored Project
Team:
Blossom Liu
Chris Taylor
Danny Gray
Ivan Cruz (Instructor) at ArtCenter College of Design
Maddie Ma
Zeke Wattles

Thanks to:
Nik Hafermass (Creative Director) at TRIAD Berlin
Ricardo Imperial (Designer) at TRIAD Berlin
TRIAD Berlin
Brad Bartlett (Instructor) at ArtCenter College of Design
JUGANU

Five students and one instructor from ArtCenter College of Design, with the guidance of TRIAD Berlin, set out to create an immersive, interactive light installation.
SKETCHING AND MODEL BUILDING

After concepting the idea of creating an eco-centric, large scale, immersive installation, we immediately began researching and sketching methodologies behind creating something to reflect this.
The process involved multiple rounds of presentation, research driven exploration, and physical formmaking.

Our research led us to developing four topographies to classify installations— each referencing a different ecological term.

We further developed these explorations by projecting light and animations onto small scale models.

We also drew and experimented with painting in VR, to be able to reflect the experience of immersing oneself in the installation.
LIGHT AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION

Upon receiving some LEDs for prototyping, the team began simultaneously developing ways for the viewer to experience the full effect of including lights in an installation. The uniqueness of the LEDs we were using, was its ability to recreate almost the exact same temperature range as the Sun.


We decided to utilize this fact to our advantage, and draw parallels from the emotional connection we have toward our source of life.
Initial renders of our concepts showcase this focus of light imitating the natural glow of celestial bodies.
HALFWAY ACROSS THE GLOBE

After we had concepted these renders, it was time to collaborate with our Berlin based counterpart. TRIAD Berlin is a studio that specializes in transmedia branding. In their immersive media space, we had meaningful conversations with the engineers and designers who had important pointers for the construction.


The discussion led around our process, from visual research, to concepting and rendering, to the methods of highlighting their product in a means that would reach the art and design creatives community, was led with astonding support.

FINALIZING CONCEPT AND RENDERS

We brainstormed ways our installation can give back to the community. During the day, the shade under the bleachers we designed can be used for shelter from the elements.

Once the temperatures subside, people can bask, contemplate, relax on the steps and enjoy the sunset. Once the sun is below the horizon, the virtual sun continues to shine on the LED wall.



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