Artist: Daniel Popescu Name of the project: Immersion Type: Audio-Visual Installation
Project description: The aim of “Immersion” installation is to create a disruption from reality by simulating a migration to a void, portal-like space. In order to achieve this feeling, the combination of darkness, optical illusion and sound will define a unitary object – a claustrophobic cabin – as starting point for a synesthesic experience. The “cabin” – as shown in fig. 1 with green – is a tube-like construction (plastic or textile material) with 200 cm height and 70 cm in diameter with an entrance, offering a one person only space for access. Inside the cabin, the (A) and (B) components create the optical illusion of the installation. In fact, these are “infinite mirrors” with tunneling effect as described in Fig 2. In Fig. 2 we can examine the plan of an “infinite mirror”. A reflective film (A) is placed at 1,5 cm distance from mirror (C), and the space between the (A) and (C) elements is filled with LED lights (B). The support of the elements is provided by a thin black frame (D). The visual effect is achieved in a dark space, presented as a tunnel filled with lights (optical illusion created by the repeated reflections generated by LED lights between the reflective film and mirror).
Returning to Fig. The audio background of the installation is formed by undefined low frequency sounds. In order to create a darker space. The (B) component will have an additional layer of glass protection to absorb the pressure generated by the viewer’s weight. 1. creating the impression of immersion or underwater slow movement sounds for a moody effect. recording the access of the public. For a more impressive effect. the installation can be surrounded by a tent that would stop the external light penetrate the cabin’s entrance. As result.In the images below is presented the visual perception of the infinite mirror by the viewer (pictures taken from another personal exhibition of the artist).
. The signal generated on 2 channels will be used to establish whether a person is inside the cabin. it will transmit a signal for sound intensity and another signal for lights intensity to a receiver that will modify the volume of the audio background and the intensity of the LED lights. the “infinite mirrors” placed at the top and the bottom of the cabin (the (A) and (B) elements) will create an infinite tunnel for the viewer on vertical direction (effect amplified by mirrors’ placement – one parallel with each other and the person between them). making a relational installation. the audiovisual perception will be amplified for a better feeling of the “immersion in void space”. when a person enters the cabin. If the sensor detects a viewer. a movement sensor will be placed at the entrance of the cabin.
the new created space is not a fixed/stable one but challenges the senses of the viewer due to the optical illusion created. Entering this universe. should generate to any viewer a strange and insecure feeling of travelling to another dimension. Also.Concept: Presented as an atmospheric and relational installation. the aim of the “Immersion” project is to generate a new dimensional space inside de art gallery. helped by the low frequency background sound.
. the almost claustrophobic space and the infinite tunnel. a person can have a “floating” or immersion sensation like a migration to an unknown space. However.