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Angela Joy Chen

Window Vision

Window Vision is a reactive installation that highlights changes in the surrounding environment by shifting its components in response to light and dark.

Introduction to Physical Computing (Thu PM)

Given the importance in how we understand the world through the intersection of science and art, Window Vision is a piece that emphasizes the neurological impulses that enable our eyes to perceive the things around us. It also draws upon the idea of a window as the architectural medium through which the inhabitant can still interact with the outside environment.

The article “Bandwidth of Consciousness” article informs us that our eyes take in thousands of bits of information per second yet our consciousness registers so little. Much of this is enabled through the structural properties of your retina which is the part of your eye that responds to light. Within the retina there are two photoreceptor cell types: rods and cones. These cellular structures react at different varying light levels to help you both perceive objects in the dark and to see color.

For my piece, I am striving to create something that contains objects both on a modular level that work together similarly to a cellular structure but also speaks of the neurological manner in which our eyes are constantly adjusting to differing levels of light and dark, and the way in which our eyes are constantly trying to “focus”.

Using photocells and some basic mechanics controlled by a stepper motor, I will have two systems of modular pieces: one that will take over during moments of day/light and another at night/dark.