Interactive Light Installation
A membrane of purple light and mist hovered over a swimming pool. As the outside light fades the membrane becomes more and more visible. Throughout the installation the pool is open for public swimming.
Kulturnat, Aarhus, Denmark 2007.
Camberwell Arts Festival, London, UK 2005.
It was one of the most successfully interactive art works I have been to, and I’ve been to a few over the years. Not only did you transform a vast area but also you shifted the way the whole space was treated as well as experienced. It was beautiful to swim in a slightly disorienting dream of fog and light for an array of reasons. For as start the fog heightened the awareness of (moonlit) wave and water by disrupting the swimmer’s vision, but also by endowing her with a comfortable anonymity… The dream was also heightened by the necessity to draw on other senses, like focusing on voices, and this created an edge of anxiety, which was therapeutic to deal with. I realised that if I tried to match my urge to call out to missing children, as I would normally look out for them, that I would spread an unnecessary panic. So that the work’s dreamy quality gave us the opportunity to relinquish control (a feature of the best installation art I think anyway).
– Althea Greenan, participant and MAKE Magazine writer