The cosmos in the water

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Changing the flowing water, changing the cosmos by your hands.


This project is an interactive fountain. It has two separate water streams controlled by the movements of left and right hands, respectively. Light and music will evolve according to different hand movements as well. Audiences in this piece of work are not only participants but also observers. They contribute to the changes of the cosmos in the water, but they also reflect on the changes they make. The theme of the project lies in the traditional philosophy of Taoism: Yin and Yang. While interacting with the fountain, people may reflect on our relationships with nature: How should our relationship with nature be? Are we part of nature or isolated from it?


Introduction to Physical Computing