In a team of five, we conceptualized, designed and produced an interactive installation for an annual exhibition in Stockholm. Our concept was developed through ideation around values, the idea of curiosity and connecting strangers.
Using Arduino microcontrollers and coding in C language, we designed, prototyped and built an installation out of scrap metal, wood and plastic. We gained sponsorship from local company, Oatley to fill the installation with oat milk, and collaborated with motion designers to produce a video to be projected onto the surface.
We used capacitive sensors to detect the energy in the liquid as spectators were encouraged to put their hands in the milk. As more people came into contact with the milk pool simultaneously, the energy level would rise. The sensors would trigger software to play music, with the sound level increasing as the levels rose. They also triggered the projector to play the animations, increased the brightness level, and the lights around the pond to blink on and off.
The exhibition attracted over 1500 people in three hours. The feed back we received from the visitors interacting with the installation was described as: “awe, inspiration, wonderment, child-like curiosity and joy.”