Liminal Space

Sergio Mora

Liminal Space explores the creation of a temporary environment through collective motion, lights and sounds, transporting participants from their everyday reality to a meaningful shared experience.


In rituals and sacred experiences, liminality refers to a threshold of consciousness, the boundary between ordinary and alternate reality. It’s that place where our non-rational, imaginative, open-hearted self takes over.

Liminal Space seeks to create an experience that sacralizes space, time and the connection among people through their active participation. It is composed of an arrangement of vertical translucent fabrics, dynamic lights and sounds that react to people’s gestures using their mobile phones.

The device we carry in our pocket acquires a new meaning throughout the experience. It allows people to interact with the dynamic environment and with one another, improvising a ritual that creates, for a moment, an imaginary shared world.


Live Web, Thesis

20,580 Volleys

Ian Gibson

A collaborative exploration of what we've lost since 9/11.


20,580 Volleys is a project born out of a personal fury at recent news that a majority of Americans support the use of U.S. ground troops in the fight against ISIS. As fewer and fewer folks bear the burdens of military service, the decision to support war becomes increasingly easier for many who have no connection at all to those who will have to fight when the times come. The piece looks to develop these connections by mapping data of those who have been killed in post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The main element is a projected map visualizing the hometowns, known duty stations, and places of death for military personnel killed while serving in post-9/11 operations. It begins blank. Data is drawn chronologically as users visit a separate page in a browser on their mobile devices. Here they will learn about the project and add the next fatal casualty to the map while receiving more information about who they were. Users will be able to collaboratively construct a timeline of wartime deaths while becoming more intimately connected with the story of a specific casualty.

The data comes from and was cleaned with OpenRefine and MS Excel. The map and phone interfaces were written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with the p5 library. A node server connects the pieces with web sockets. Web searches within the phone portion are conducted using DuckDuckGo.


Data in Conflict, Live Web