An apparatus for the augmentation of space; sculpting and shaping light phenomena.
Behaviours of Light is a temporary installation that examines light, surface, and spatial experience through the convergence of digital projections and analogue constructs. The design of the piece fulfilled a requirement to transform an entire architectural space. Using a minimal budget, carefully selected materials, and two projection sources, the installation seeks to physically occupy a sliver of air space, while phenomenologically registering on the walls, ceiling, and floor of the designated location. To accomplish this, the work uses a suspended modular surface of translucent and semi-reflective triangles. Each unit acts as a tool to sculpt light, casting temporal geometries and caustics into its surroundings. The environment of Eckhardt Hall at the Winnipeg Art Gallery becomes not only the infrastructure for the work, but the essential register for these phenomena.
Light has an inherent ability to reveal geometry, architecture, and space. The capacity for light to perform in this manner is dependent on material interventions that both manipulate and register illumination; subtly and chaotically, with intention and by chance. By choosing to operate within this framework, it is viable to carefully select materials and spaces that exploit the potentials for revealing light phenomena, ultimately controlling what is sensed by the eye.
Physically, Behaviours of Light is a transformable network constructed of thirty-nine identical acrylic triangles. The translucent acrylic was carefully chosen based on it’s embedded qualities to transmit and soften direct light. Each surface was then treated with a semi-reflective film, providing the ability to reflect and register light. By giving each individual triangle a point to be suspended from, there exists very precise control in composing the final form the piece will take. The final semblance is a product of the careful orchestration of the reflections, manifesting themselves on the physical constructs of the gallery space.