Stepping closer to the screen, the visitors are sensed and monitored by overhead cameras. They are captured in real time and transformed into moving forms projected onto the surface. As the visitors step across the floor, their sensed representations may run into the path of an icon, causing a sudden scaling and merging of the icon into the visitor’s form. The longer the visitors remain before the screen, the more they are transformed in real time by the machine, increasingly mutated from humans to abstract traces.
When the visitors walk behind the physical screens they find themselves in a radically different environment. In a darkened world filled with haze, they encounter a series of projected images on the floor, the same graphic icons that inhabit the surface of the screen on the other side. As the symbols gradually appear in the darkness, they now become solid, volumetric forms, created by the interaction of the projected light with the haze. These immaterial shapes appear to breathe in the air space, changing their size and brightness over the course of time and occasionally, appearing at the verge of perception. Every minute, a powerful strobe light flashes, turning the air and the walls around into a green atmosphere for a split second and making the projected architecture disappear into an after image, only to re-materialize moments later.
THE AIRXY MANIFESTO (DETAIL)
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