Location: Design Society Museum, Shenzhen, PRC / Scope: Design and Fabrication of interactive kinetic installation / Year: 2016-2017
The Borrowed Nature draws the inspiration from shared landscape design technique that exists in both China and Japan called 'borrowed scenery', ‘ jiejing” or “ shakkei” . The installation is an interpretation of the contemporary urban landscape that are permeated with ubiquitous networked objects such as mobile phone that have altered the way we read and navigate the city in recent history. The kinetic installation with multiple sensors and networked sculptures set out to tell a narrative how our viewing experience of surrounding urban landscapes that blur the boundary between the material and the virtual that intends to promote a dialogue about the technology and landscape.
The installation comprises of 8 flower units hovering above the waterbed inside a gallery space measuring 6 x 7m. Each flower unit is equipped with movement sensor to track the audience in the room and use Wi-Fi module to communicate with other flower units. When the visitor comes close to a flower unit, it performs a welcoming gesture by bowing and opening the petals. The activated flower unit also sends signals to other flowers nearby creating a radiating network of lighting signals throughout the room.